Andover running back/defensive back Andy Coke confirmed to ESPNBoston.com tonight that he has verbally committed to Brown University for the fall of 2012.
Coke, a member of ESPN Boston's inaugural MIAA All-State Team as a junior in 2010, was also considering a scholarship offer from Villanova as a safety.
"I've always been a running back, always been better at running back since I was a little kid," Coke said. "I wasn't used on defense until this year. Offense is just something I've always had my heart into, driven to the point that I'd like to play running back in college. I really love Brown, I love everything about it -- the campus, everything."
The past two seasons, Coke has been a catalyst for a Golden Warriors offense known for its unorthodox schemes and spread principles under new coach E.J. Perry. The Warriors qualified for postseason for the first time in school history last season, losing to eventual Super Bowl champ Everett in the Division 1 playoffs.
"They want a guy who's gonna get them yards," Coke said. "That’s the system Coach [Phil] Estes runs up there. If you notice last year, the I-formation is when I did my damage best. They do run the spread, but they 'I' it up, too, they've got big linemen up there. That’s what I like."
Headed into the Warriors' Thanksgiving matchup with rival Central Catholic, Coke has over 2,000 yards of total offense (including more than 1,200 on the ground and 400 receiving), with 15 touchdowns, and also has five interceptions on defense.