MORGANTOWN - Call WVU freshman Andrew Buie what you wish.
He's Andrew. His friends call him Pooh. (He hails, by the way, from a family of colorful nicknames. His cousin was former Mountaineer safety Boogie Allen.)
He was called a four-star recruit out of Jacksonville, Fla., high school Trinity Christian Academy. He's been called muscular, fast, dangerous in the open field, a hard runner, a competitor and a leader. He's even been compared to New England Patriots back Kevin Faulk.
Now, though, he's being called on by West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen to help jump-start the Mountaineer football team. Buie is one of three true freshmen - the other two are Vernard Roberts and Dustin Garrison - in line for playing time as the season approaches.
Buie said to bring it on.
"It's been a nice transition from high school to college,'' said the tailback. "The older guys are doing a very good job of taking us under their wings and showing us the ropes around here."
Buie has quite a resume. At Trinity, he was a three-year starter for a program that went 29-6 over that period and won the Florida 1-A state championship in 2010. He rushed for 1,782 yards on 211 carries with 26 touchdowns as a senior. He also threw for 772 yards and 11 touchdowns on 43-of-94 passing attempts.
He was hailed as one of the best all-purpose running backs in the country and one of the top overall runners in Florida, rich in backs last year. Rivals.com had him as the nation's No. 6 all-purpose back.
Now, though, the stars are in his eyes as he competes in WVU's camp.
"I've just been going out every day, trying to practice hard and get better so I can help this team accomplish the goal of a Big East championship," Buie said.
He feels a little more comfortable playing for running backs coach Robert Gillespie, who not only recruited Buie but played college ball at Florida with the player's high school offensive coordinator, Gus Scott.
Still, camp hasn't been easy.
"Coach Gillespie coaches all the running backs hard," Buie said. "He's a hard-nosed coach. He drills us to be ready for big-time ball."
Buie's road to WVU was twisted.
"It was a stringent recruiting thing going on," Buie said. "A lot of schools offered me. But in the end, some started to veer off because of how kids [commit] early. Coach Gillespie stood strong. He let me know if all else failed, I had a home here at West Virginia. And I love it here so far."
The schools interested?
"South Carolina, Auburn, Georgia ... I mean countless schools," Buie said. "Too many to name off the top of my head, but this was the school I felt honestly wanted me to be here."