The recruiting process came and went quickly for Central York football standout Andrews Dadeboe.
The Panthers cornerback remained off the radar of most Division I college programs until after his junior season. Eventually, though, schools started to take notice of Dadeboe's blend of size and athleticism. He received his first offer in the spring, and interest continued to pick up after that.
It did so until Saturday. That's when Dadeboe made a verbal commitment to the University of Buffalo, choosing the Bulls over Toledo, another Mid-American Conference school.
"It was hard. I would hear news that other people were getting recruited," Dadeboe said. "My dad told me to be patient. He told me my time would come."
Dadeboe became the second YAIAA player to commit to a Division I program during the last week, and the first area player from the 2013 class to accept an offer from a Bowl Championship Series school. West York center Brody Kern committed to Delaware last weekend.
In addition to offers from Buffalo and Toledo, Dadeboe also received interest from Maryland, Penn State and some Ivy League schools, among others. The Nittany Lions' coaching staff asked him to walk-on.
Perhaps Dadeboe's biggest selling point as a player is his size -- at 6-feet tall, he has ideal height for a cornerback. He also boasts good speed (his 40-time hovers around 4.5 seconds) and impressive leaping ability. Central York football coach Brad Livingston, who also coaches Dadeboe in volleyball, said he's seen Dadeboe's feet touch the bottom of the volleyball net while leaping for a spike.
"Truthfully, he could probably play any sport that he wanted to," Livingston said earlier this summer.
Dadeboe was born in Ghana, and his family moved to the United States when he was 3. He didn't start playing football until the eighth grade.
Dadeboe visited Buffalo last weekend, and said he chose the school in part because of the connection he felt with the Bulls players and coaches. The senior also said he believes he'll get a chance to contribute right away at Buffalo.
"I wanted to clear my mind before the season, not worry about the whole recruiting process," Dadeboe said. "It's a big relief. With all the recruiting stuff, it made the summer go by so fast."
Dadeboe registered 29 tackles and a fumble recovery for the Panthers last season.