Andrew Albers is moving up the depth chart with the University of Utah football program. And the 6-foot-8, 285-pound lineman from Costa Mesa High is not even on the college campus yet.
The senior plans to leave next month for Utah, where Albers' father, Frank, said the Utes are thin on the offensive line.
"They're down four or five offensive linemen now," said Frank, who was with his son last weekend, when Andrew decided to join Utah as a preferred-walk-on player. "[The coaches] said they usually know when they're going [to lose a player because of] missions, and they had no idea this [other] kid was going [on one]. He just came in and said, 'I'm going on a mission.'
"They had another [player ruled] ineligible. Right now, they have three tackles."
Because of the lack of depth at the position, Frank said Utah has Albers slated as its No. 2 right tackle.