Andrew Pearman has literally sprinted his way to eight official scholarship offers this spring. During a combine in North Carolina last month, he was clocked at 4.28 in the 40 yard dash.
The Providence (Charlotte, NC) standout is faster than his brother, Alvin, who plays running back for UVA. The Cavaliers are hoping to land the younger Pearman, as they are one of the eight schools to extend an official scholarship offer.
“Andrew has been offered by UVA, Tennessee, UNC, NC State, Wake Forest, Duke, Clemson, and South Carolina,” said Providence head coach Bruce Hardin. “He was timed by the coaches at 4.28 in the North Carolina combine. Everyone was really impressed with him.”
Pearman primarily plays running back for Providence. As a junior, he rushed for 1,600 yards and 22 touchdowns. What really makes him dangerous is his ability to move around to different positions on offense. Coach Hardin likes to move Pearman to different positions with one objective in mind…getting the football in the hands of his star player.
“I just try to do something to get him the ball,” said Hardin. “I move him all around. He plays different positions in the backfield. We will sometimes move him to wide receiver, mainly in the slot position, so we can vertically challenge the defense. Andrew is a great return man as well. If he could not do anything else, he could just return kicks and be successful.”
Most schools, including UVA, are recruiting Pearman as an athlete for offensive purposes. They envision him as a player who can be dangerous from all parts of the field.
What attracts college coaches to Pearman even more than his athleticism and versatility, however, is his character.
“Andrew is simply a pleasure to be around,” said Hardin. “He’s humble. He works hard to be in the best conditiion. He always wants to improve. We had a spring practice this year for the first time, and he was in the office reviewing film every day to try to get better.”
According to coach Hardin, Pearman has no favorites at this point in the recruiting process. Possible camp destinations include UVA, South Carolina, and UNC. Though he is wide open, a decision could come before the start of his senior football season.
“Andrew is wide open I think,” said Hardin. “He’s just enjoying the process. I think a decision could come at the end of the summer or before football...
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