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Carolina OL visits Georgia, Virginia

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Offensive lineman Pierre Andrews out of Charlotte (N.C.) Independence visited Georgia a couple weeks back and Virginia last weekend. What did the center think about the two schools?
"Georgia was good, I had a lot of fun talking to coach Mike Bobo and coach Richt a little bit. They were really cool, they were all down to earth and they said they'd be visiting my school in May. The scrimmage was pretty good, the defense looking good, I think they are basically waiting for my teammate Mohamed Massaquoi to get down there for their offense. It was pretty good down there altogether."
Last weekend Andrews went to Virginia.
"Virginia was great, it was really nice and I got to talk to the offensive line coach and I sat in on film," he said. "I really felt like I was a part of the team and they showed us around the campus and talked about possibly offering me. The problem is that coach Groh doesn't know if he wants another center, so they're still debating on whether to offer me."
Andrews favorites right now include Virginia and Georgia along with LSU, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Georgia Tech. What does the lineman like about these other schools?
"I haven't visited LSU yet, but I've talked to their coaches and they seem really down to earth and they were the first to offer me. I plan on visiting them this summer or one of their first homes games," he said. "Virginia Tech has been interested and everything is going up hill with it. I've got to get more information about them. I really don't know too much and I want to visit and get to know the coaches better and see how their program is running. My coach has talked to their coaches some.
"I talked to the coaches at Tennessee and they are real down to earth people. I've been there one time too and the fans are really supportive of the team and the program is really good. Everything is on schedule at Tennessee. I've always wanted to go to a Georgia or Florida school and if I don't go to Georgia, I'd like Georgia Tech as an option. I like the down south hospitality and I hope to make a visit there."
Andrews is currently preparing for the Nike Camp in Tallahassee, Florida on May 1st.
"I'm running and doing some stretching and getting back into shape and running sprints so my 40 time is really good," he said. "I really want to do a little better in my shuttle and 40 at the combine.
Andrews is also recovering from a season-ending shoulder injury last year.
"I'm continuing to go to rehab and I would say I'm like at 75% and I'll be back at full strength by June," he said. "I'm just getting back strong to where it was at before and the muscle is really fatigued out. I'm going to a sports center in a couple weeks and they'll get me back to where I was at."
As for next season, Andrews is hoping to make a big impact.
"I just want to go back for another championship. Independence will be strong again at the top of the ranks because I refuse to lose," he said. "I really want to get my bench press to where it was at and improve on every aspect of the game and as a leader because next year this is my team as a senior."
The center prospect is probably looking at being a holdout right up until Signing Day.
"It's too far away to set a timetable on a decision," he said. "I'll probably decide the night before Signing Day and sit down with my family and talk about it."
This summer Andrews is looking at attending camps at Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Last season Andrews was named first team all-state as a junior.
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