Last week, Providence (Charlotte, NC) running back Andrew Pearman became the third commitment of the 2004 football recruiting class for the Virginia Cavaliers. Pearman, who is 5-9, 165 pounds, runs a 4.3 in the 40 yard dash. He is being recruited to play running back, however can be used all over the field with his speed. As a junior, Pearman rushed for 1,600 yards with 22 touchdowns. Pearman is the younger brother of UVA rising junior running back Alvin Pearman. He chose the Cavaliers over offers from Tennessee, UNC, Duke, Wake Forest, NC State, Clemson, South Carolina, and Maryland.
Coach’s Quote from Providence head coach Bruce Hardin:
“Coaches really like his talent. What I like is his work ethic and humbleness. We had our first spring practice earlier this year, and he was in the office every day looking at film, trying to get better. He is just a pleasure to be around. On the field, we just try to do anything to get the ball in his hands. He lines up at running back, wide-out, wing back, a number of different places so defenses cannot key on him.”
Q & A with Andrew Pearman
Edge: Are you happy that the recruiting process is over?
AP: I’m very happy. It’s a big relief. It couldn’t have come at a better time for me. It’s good to have it over with because there was a lot of pressure. It was nice to have the offers already on the table, but there was a lot of pressure as well.
Edge: How did you know that UVA was the place for you?
AP: I went up for a Blue Chip day, where the coaches showed some of their top targets around the campus. Everything clicked when I went. They were in the top six with UNC, Duke, Wake Forest, Maryland, and Tennessee already, but everything just fell into place. Once I was on the campus, it just felt right to me.
Edge: What position is UVA recruiting you to play?
AP: I talked with Coach Groh, and he said they want to use me as a tailback. They use the tailback for whatever their strengths are, whether it’s running or running routes out of the backfield. Coach Groh said I was a good runner, so they want me as a tailback.
Edge: Are you looking forward to playing with your brother Alvin?
AP: It’s fun. It gives me a lot of motivation. I want to do better than him. He’s already been there, so he knows the ropes. It will be like I already have one of my best friends there...
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