FL OL Andrew Carter: Connections, Connections

GBW spoke with Coach Ragans, head coach of Tallahassee Leon and offensive lineman Andrew Carter. Carter has Michigan connections -- but there's another connection as well.

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GoBlueWolverine: Does Andrew have an interest in Michigan?

Coach Ragans: "Oh yeah, they are up there on his list ... but he does not really have a top 5 or 10 list right now."

GoBlueWolverine: How did Michigan learn of Andrew?

Coach Ragans: Well Greg (Frey, U-M OL Coach) was at FSU the same time I was at FSU (Frey was a player, Ragans a grad assistant). And I have talked with him a bit when he recruited for West Virginia.

Ah-ha -- the FSU factor ...

GoBlueWolverine: Is Florida State the team to beat for Andrew?

Coach Ragans: "Yeah, at this time I would say they are the team to beat, but that does not mean he is going there for sure. There are a lot of teams Andrew is interested in right now, and Michigan is one of them.

GoBlueWolverine: He has taken an unofficial visits to Florida State. Has he been anywhere else?

Coach Ragans: "He's taken no other visits besides Florida State, but he is planning on a road trip to some of the schools he is interested in, but not sure all of them at this time. I would think Michigan will be on that list unless travel expenses come into play and he has found the right school before his visit."

GoBlueWolverine: Can you name some of the deciding factors for Andrew?

Coach Ragans: "He is looking for a school with zoology because that interests him at this time, but he is not dead set on that either at this time. He's looking for a good fit for him with the players, coaches, students. I do not believe distance would be a factor because he has family in Michigan (grandparents) who still live there I believe and that would help out if he chose a school like Michigan."

GoBlueWolverine: So Coach Frey is recruiting Andrew for Michigan -- what do you think of Coach Frey?

Coach Ragans: "Coach Hopson and Greg have both been down here. Yeah I knew Greg for al ong time at FSU. He is a great person who has done a great job throughout his coaching career, and he and I have been in contact in the past. I talked to him quite often on what he does with his kids."

GoBlueWolverine: What position is Michigan recruiting Andrew?

Coach Ragans: "Well Michigan said offensive tackle, but they would not rule out moving him inside as well. They said they need offensive tackles badly though. Most schools feel the same way he could play several positions on the line of scrimmage."

GoBlueWolverine: What is Andrew's timeline for making a decision, and how involved is his parents in the decision?

Coach Ragans: "They will be happy no matter where he decides to attend college. His parents are very active involvement with the schools. He is growing very weary of the recruiting process right now. He might just trim down the list really soon because of all the calls from coaches, media, and all that is involved in recruiting nowadays. Michigan is up there for one of his favorites, but he has not narrowed it down yet."

GoBlueWolverine: What kind of player is Andrew?

Coach Ragans: "He is a big, strong kid, 6'4 – 6'5 kid who is near 270 pounds. He has great feet that can run and moves well. Andrew is a very aggressive player who plays both ways for our program. He is a smart football player who takes advantage of the things he does well and uses that for his advantage."

GoBlueWolverine: How is your team going to be this coming year?

Coach Ragans: "We should be better ... we're trying to rebuild a program that used to be a powerhouse program until they started building all these other schools around here. Of course, having players like Andrew helps!"

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