Andrew visits Ole Miss for Junior Day

Andrew Eddie has been a mainstay for Okolona's offense and defense for the past three seasons. In fact, Eddie won Back of the Year and LB of the Year in Division 5(2A) this past season<br><br> In the 2002 campaign, Andrew also won Back of the Year and was selected to the Super 22 Team for the past two years.<br><br> Eddie visited Ole Miss for their Junior Day last month. We called to see how his visit went.

The following information was revealed during our interview with Mr. Eddie:

What is your current height, weight, and forty time? "I am 6' 0", 205, and I run a 4.5."
Which position are you being recruited to play on the next level? "Running back, but I do play linebacker too. I guess it could go either way but mainly at tailback."

What are your strengths on the field? "I have good vision and quickness. My footwork is good. When they put the ball in my hands, I feel in control, as far as seeing the field and knowing what to do."

What are you trying to work on to take your game to the next level? "Just keep practicing hard. Run a lot, and do whatever it takes. Lift a little longer, just anything to get better."
How long have you been starting for Okolona? "Since 9th grade. I started on defense until the 5th game, then they let me go both ways."

Have you been starting at LB and RB throughout your high school career? "Yes sir, I have never missed a start."

What were your personal stats from the 2003 campaign? "I did pretty good. Defensive wise, I do not know my exact stats. I know I had over a 100 tackles, 7 sacks, and 2 int's. I do not know my offensive stats, but I can give you my coach's number so you can get them."

Did you garner any awards? "I have been the Back of the Year in our Division for the past two seasons. I was also the LB of the Year in our Division last year, and I made the Super 22 Team too."

What are your personal goals for next season? "I would like, defensive wise, to have 120 plus tackles, maybe like 10 sacks. Offensive wise, I want 1, 500 plus yards and 20 TD's. I want to average at least 10 yards per carry this year."

Which schools seem to be recruiting you the hardest, up to this point? "I get a good bit (of letters) from LSU, Auburn, Ole Miss, West Virginia, UCLA, and Tennessee. Those schools seem to be sending me the most stuff."

Any early offers? "Not yet, not sir."

Has anyone caught your eye yet? "Let me see, probably Notre Dame, LSU, and Tennessee. Oh yea, I did not mention Georgia earlier. Georgia has caught my eye too."

Have you had a chance to take any visits this Spring? "Just Ole Miss. I took a visit to their Junior Day. I was free that weekend. The others I had a baseball or track meet."

Who else invited you to attend their Junior Day? "I was considering going to Georgia, Tennessee, and maybe Auburn. LSU, MSU, and some others invited me as well."

How did you like Ole Miss during your trip? "I liked it. It was a nice place. The coaches, players, facilities, it all seemed like a pretty good place to be around. Academic wise too."

Was that your first visit to Ole Miss? "As far as spending time with their coaches, yes, but I have been to some of their games before."

Did anyone accompany you on your visit? "I took a teammate of mine. He wanted to see Kareem Moore."

Are you pretty tight with Kareem? "Oh man, that's my boy. We grew up down the road from each other."

What did you learn about Ole Miss during their Jr Day that you might not have known from before? "Let me see, I learned that they are pretty serious about their program. I mean, I know every school is serious about winning, but they were really on top of things. They take a lot more pride in their academics than most. They seem upright. I expected it to be like everything else I saw."

What impressed you the most during your trip. "I liked being around the other athletes and seeing what I will be against. The coaches and staff too. They gave me a better look at what I have to do in order to get accepted by Ole Miss or any school for that matter."

What exactly are you looking for on the next level? "The environment, the surroundings. What fits me. The people, academic wise. What kind of program they are building. The biggest thing is the environment, academics and their surroundings. I do not want to go somewhere where I do not feel comfortable."

Eddie carries a 3.0 GPA and an 18 on his ACT test.

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