Alyssa Andrews never tweeted out each offer she received or listed her finalists.
People constantly asked her what colleges she liked or who extended a scholarship. But Andrews refused to reveal anything. Her father Aaron told from the start to keep recruiting private. Andrews obliged and let the outside world speculate about her intentions.
When she posted something on her Twitter account, it was basketball-related but only in the form of a game or a workout to keep colleges updated on her progress. She never showed her hand beyond that.
“I don’t want to showboat,” Andrews said. “I wanted to stay humble and be thankful.”
The Colgan High School senior remained silent on Twitter about her recruiting process until it was time to announce her decision Aug. 8 when the 6-foot forward made her commitment to Virginia Tech public.
Andrews and her family visited Virginia Tech Aug. 7. She chose the Hokies over her two other finalists, Rutgers and the University of Washington.
"Virginia Tech was a good enough distance from home, academically it has everything I want in a school, I love the coaching staff and [head] coach [Kenny] Brooks is a father figure that I'll have away from home," Andrews said. "I'm very close to my dad so it was very important to have a coach I felt comfortable with ... And I'll be playing in my opinion in the best league."
Virginia Tech was the first and only college Andrews visited. It was important to her to see the campus in person before making a decision. Andrews is one of three commitments Virginia Tech has received for the class of 2021.
“Meeting the coaching staff sold me,” Andrews said.
Andrews, ranked the No. 65 player in the nation by espnW for the class of 2021, was the Virginia High School League's Class 6 state player of the year for the 2019-20 season. This past season, the 6-foot forward averaged 22 points and 12.1 rebounds a game in helping the Sharks reach the state tournament for the first time in the program’s four-year history.
Andrews has scored 1,406 career points in her first three seasons at Colgan. Andrews received her first college offer as an eighth grader and had over 30 overall to choose from since then.
The Hokies have posted four straight 20-win seasons since Brooks was hired March 28, 2016.
Virginia Tech reached the WNIT his first three seasons and was 21-9 with a school-record 11 ACC wins before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the rest of the season in mid-March.
Both of Andrews' parents played basketball at Morgan State. Aaron Andrews is a former Gar-Field High School standout.