Cirino getting close to offers

One of the top running backs in the California JUCO ranks is Allan Hancock's Andre Cirino (6-4, 230) and he recently topped the 1,000 yard mark for the Bulldogs. caught up with the elusive ball-carrier and he talked about his season so far and gave us an update on recruiting as well.

"We're doing pretty good right now and we're playing hard," Cirino told recently. "I just went over 1,000 yards this past weekend and that means a lot to me and to my team."

Cirino also has 14 touchdowns to go with his big yardage total and he attributed his success to the system he plays in and the players around him.

"We have a good line and our coaches are calling plays that are making it easy to gain yardage," Cirino said. "My coaches like the fact that I can go inside or outside. My speed is sort of deceptive because they said I don't look like I'm running that fast, but I can always get by guys."

Cirino prepped at Wagner High School in Staten Island, New York and was lightly recruited as a senior, but because he qualified late, he didn't get any scholarship offers.

"My coach knew a coach out here at Allan Hancock and I also needed a change of scenery and to kind of get out on my own," Cirino said. "I feel real comfortable out here and have had a lot of fun while I've been out here."

Even though he needed that change of scenery right after high school, one school near his hometown has made overtures to find out if he's looking to come back.

"Rutgers has been the most serious about me so far and that's real cool," Cirino said. "They have really come on as a program and it's close to where I grew up and that would be great to go back to the northeast and that's why they're my favorite right now.

"Then Florida State, Kansas and Kansas State, Oregon and Oregon State, Purdue and Miami right after that. They're all good schools and I think I could fit in well at any of them."

Cirino doesn't claim any offers yet and said he's prepared to take things slow since he won't graduate until May of 2008.

"I want to take my visits and get a good feel for things at the different schools," Cirino said. "I'll probably head out on some visits after our season. Then I can have a clear head about things."

Wherever Cirino ends up he'll have three years to play two. We'll have more from him in the very near future as his recruitment begins to pick up.

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