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Gamecocks, Vols impress OL

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Charlotte (N.C.) Independence offensive lineman Pierre Andrews has taken in three camps this summer. The prospect visited South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia in the last couple of weeks. What were his impressions of each school?
"I had a lot of fun down at South Carolina. It was a good experience and I got to know the coaches and showcase my skills. They talked a lot about the academics and how they run things," he said. "Tennessee was really good too. I talked to coach Fulmer and he told me that he likes how I come off the ball and play. He used to be an offensive line coach which is also good. The way he was talking to me, it sounded like he wanted to offer. I also got a chance to talk to the academic advisor and they explained that they try to get all their players to graduate within three years of playing there.
"Virginia was okay but it wasn't as much as I expected it to be. During practice they kind of singled us out and worked us with the coach one-on-one, it was nothing special and didn't compare to Tennessee and South Carolina."
Andrews is looking at heading to a couple more schools in the ACC in the next few weeks including a camp at Virginia Tech and an unofficial visit to Clemson.
"I'm hoping Virginia Tech offers one-on-one drills so that I can showcase my agility," he said. "I'm also hoping both schools take time to talk about academics and the African American graduation rates."
The lineman is still wide open, but he is considering LSU, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia and Georgia Tech. What does he like about the Georgia schools?
"I've always wanted to go to a Georgia school, although Georgia didn't call me during May so I didn't go to their camp," he said. "I've talked to the recruiting coach at Georgia Tech though and they let me know about the school and I still get mail from them."
Andrews is focusing much of his time on his senior season, but mentioned he probably won't make a decision until after the season.
"I'm just getting myself ready for the season because I'm focusing on winning the state championship this year."
Andrews was named first team all-state as a junior.
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