Charlotte (N.C.) Independence offensive guard Pierre Andrews took his first official visit this season to Greenville, N.C. to check out the Pirates. What did the 6-foot-2, 286-pounder think of East Carolina?
"It was way better than I thought it would be," he said. "Coach Holtz is trying to build a program and he really talked about grades and graduating seniors. He's got a lot of projects he's focusing on for the school and team. They are working on an indoor facility, grass field, new high-tech field and then the academic part was everything I wanted too. I met with one of the professors and he was so energetic about getting his students jobs which was really cool.
"On the visit, I also got to hang out with my host Dominique Lindsay. He talked to me about how they should have a real good team next year and make a bowl, that's one of their big goals. He also introduced me to a lot of the players and I was very impressed to find out that two of their offensive linemen have been invited to the NFL combine."
On Sunday before he left, Andrews met one on one with coach Holtz.
"He basically was asking me what I thought about East Carolina," he said. "He then told me that he'd like to redshirt me, but he may not be able to because he won't have anybody starting at center come spring so there is a really good chance for me to play early which is really good."
Overall the two-star prospect rated gave his trip to East Carolina a perfect 10.
"Honestly there was no part of the visit I didn't like," he said. "I'd still say I have no leader at this time, but I'm down to them and South Carolina and then after I take my visit next week I'll commit to whoever I like better."
What does Andrews hope to see on his visit to Columbia?
"I don't really know what to expect, but I know I am going to ask a lot of questions about the program and education," he said. "In relation to football, I want to know if there's a chance I can go in and play as a freshman because that would be great. It is one of my goals to start as a true freshman."