Others reported to have offered a scholarship included Louisville, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pitt and Tennessee.
And their interest seems warranted now. Buie is set to hit the field as a freshman.
"Coach Holgorsen has a great offense," Buie said. "It's my job to go in and do my part. The line does an awesome job of blocking, making my job easy to run and assert myself."
Buie was asked his biggest adjustment since moving from Jacksonville to Morgantown.
"Responsibility," he said. "In high school, you always have someone over your shoulder to do this and do that. In college, it's your job to get up and get to meetings on time. You don't have your mom over your shoulder.
"And we start classes next week, so you can't just think football. Now you have to put on your student outfit, too. You have to be able to handle both sides."
So far, so good. He has supporters. Some just happen to be his competitors for the tailback slot.
"It's beneficial not only to have Dustin [Garrison] by my side, but also Vernard [Roberts]," Buie said. "With him already being here since January, he does a good job of letting us know how things work and how to prepare yourself for it.
"We're not alone out here."
When the players are on the practice field though, it's every man for himself.
"It's one of those things where we're all in the same stage," Buie said. "We're all freshmen. So we're competing against each other, but we're still friends. You're going to need someone to lean on when things are down.
"I leave it all up to Coach Gillespie. He's going to put the best player on the field. It's just my job to give it my all every day."
Buie, 5-foot-9, 191 pounds, is mostly known for his speed.
"Everyone has their own [strength]," said the player. "But Coach Gillespie does a good job of bringing us all together and trying to strengthen all of our games so we can have more than just one component. It takes more than just being able to block and run. Sometimes you have to be able to catch too. It's becoming a complete back. Coach Gillespie does a good job of bringing us together and making us better all around.
"We do a good job of rotating. Like Coach Holgorsen said, it's an open competition for the job. It's our job to run out there and compete hard every day. At the end of the day, he'll put the best player on the field."
And make the call.
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