Buie focused on two schools

Charlie Strong's recruiting class isn't missing much, but it could use a big-time running back. Andrew Buie, three-star running back from Jacksonville, Fla., is focused on Louisville and BCS champion Auburn, and visits the Cardinals this weekend.

Andrew Buie is focused on two schools heading into National Signing Day – Louisville and Auburn. The three-star running back who led Jacksonville (FL) Trinity Christian to the Florida Class 1A state title this season will visit both programs the next two weeks before making his college decision.

Up first for the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Buie will be an official visit to Louisville this weekend to check out Charlie Strong's rising Cardinal program. Buie said Louisville, which doesn't have a running back committed in a recruiting class ranked in Scout.com's Top 25, picked up their recruiting intensity last month.

"I was recruited early by Louisville, they fell off about the middle of the season, then picked up their recruitment in December," Buie said. "It's a place I like the coaching staff."

Louisville believes Buie would be a perfect fit in Mike Sanford's spread offense with his 4.45 speed and ability to catch the ball coming out of the backfield. Though sophomore Jeremy Wright is expected to be UofL's top running back next season, the Cardinals could definitely find room for a versatile back like Buie in their rotation.

"They feel like I can fit into their offense because I'm extremely versatile and can catch the ball out the backfield," said Buie.

Auburn, who played for the BCS national championship Monday night against Oregon, targeted Buie early during the recruiting process and stayed with him throughout his final high school season.

"Auburn has been in the picture every week," Buie said. "I have heard from them every week and they've been there with me the whole time."

Buie says a big factor in his decision will be the opportunity to play as a freshman. Auburn freshman Michael Dyer led the Tigers in rushing this season with 950 yards and is one of the nation's best running backs. Gene Chizik's Tigers also added a commitment from four-star running back Quan Bray last week.

"I feel I can compete against anyone," Buie said. "I feel like I'm one of the best running backs out there."

How will Buie, who says he may also visit an unspecified team Jan. 28, decide on a school?

"Am I comfortable?" Buie said. "I'm looking for a family environment and the chance to compete and play next season. I don't want to go somewhere and sit. It's a big consideration finding a school I can play as a freshman."

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