By Pete Warner, BDN Staff — It has become harder in recent years for Maine high school football players to earn a scholarship at the University of Maine.
Max Andrews of Holden has proven he has what it takes — and he hasn’t even committed himself to football full time yet. The senior tight end from John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor will do so next fall as a member of the the University of Maine football team.
“I always wanted to see if I could play at the Division I level and to have this opportunity to play at Maine, it’s definitely a huge honor for me,” said Andrews, a three-time, All-LTC first-team choice.
Andrews was among 12 players, including defensive end Josh Ingalls of Wells, to sign National Letters of Intent to play at UMaine on Wednesday. At least two other players’ NLIs are pending.
“We’ve been recruiting him [Andrews] since the spring,” said UMaine head coach Jack Cosgrove, who saw him at UMaine summer camps. “Coach Dan O’Connell has done a great job with him and the whole Bapst program, which helped with our evaluation of him.”
UMaine was the only Division I scholarship offer for Andrews, who made his official recruiting visit two weeks ago.
“I talked to Colby and Middlebury and a bunch of Division III schools for football,” Andrews said. “I was actually considering playing baseball at Saint Joseph’s [in Standish].”
The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder played fullback, tight end and wide receiver on offense and anchored the Crusaders’ defensive front at end….