Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian all-purpose back Andrew Buie was focused on a state championship during his senior season, putting recruiting on the backburner. Now, he is trying to fit in a few visits before reaching a final decision.
"I have set up two so far," Buie said. "I am going to Louisville on the 14th and Auburn on the 21st."
The 5-foot-9, 188-pound running back says that the Cardinals and Tigers are his leaders at this point.
"Honestly, yeah, the way recruiting has been going for the past couple of months during the season I have to say those are the two top schools that I feel like have shown consistent interest throughout the season," Buie said. "I like both programs a lot. I really want to get out on an official and see what they have, that is why they were scheduled first. Nothing makes one of them stand out more than the other at this point."
The Rivals250 offensive back talked a bit more about the Auburn program.
"From day one Coach (Curtis) Luper told me what my role with them would be and he just let me know that everything I get has to be earned. I respect things like that," Buie said. "They check up on me every week. I have been to a couple of games and had a chance to feel the environment there. They have a great environment. Things around the school, I just get a real good vibe at Auburn."
As for Louisville, it is a close tie to Charlie Strong that helped them get their foot in the door.
"Coach Strong, I have known him since he was back at Florida," Buie said. "I know him from going to football camps since I was younger and he was my group coach, so I got to interact with him at a young age. I got a good impression with how I feel about him. He has taken a program in one year and had a winning season, won a bowl game, after they won just three games. I think he will be doing something big in the next couple years."
When he wraps up his two official visits, it isn't a certainty that his recruiting process will conclude.
"I maybe will commit but I will probably take another visit after them," Buie said. "I want to see somewhere like Tennessee, Arkansas, or Ole Miss - one of the three."
As a senior, Buie rushed for 1,782 yards and 26 touchdowns.
With regards to academics, Buie said he is scheduled to take a standardized test this month.