Jeremiah Holloman made sure he looked dapper Tuesday when the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance came to his school.
Holloman sported a pink sports coat with a black bow tie and white shirt.
But the wide receiver from Newton (Covington, Ga.) had something else to wear by the time the ceremony was over: An honorary jersey for the Jan. 7 Army Bowl in San Antonio.
“It was a great experience with my friends and family there to celebrate with me for all my hard work,” Holloman said.
The Army Bowl also is a chance for Holloman to pay tribute to members of his family in the military. He said his grandfather served in the Air Force, his sister is in the Army reserves, a cousin has just returned home after serving and another cousin begins basic training next month.
Holloman points to the great players that will be at the game as what he is looking forward to the most.
“I think it’s like The Opening — iron sharpens iron,” he said. “This is a place to help with my craft and I can become better as a result. It’s also a chance to create bonds with players around the country.”
Holloman is also among 22 players representing Georgia at the Army Bowl.
“Georgia really brings athletes,” he said. “We can compete and are top of the line. Eery time we go against each other within the state it’s like at the national level. We’re all used to it and get better and people see what we can do. That helps us get opportunities like these and we take advantage of them.”
Holloman plans to commit in December and then enroll early for the spring semester. He recently took a visit to Notre Dame, which his mother raved about and has an official visit to Miami scheduled for two weeks. Georgia is considered the leader.
“I’m just looking to get a good vibe about a school (when I visit),” he said. “Being around the coaches and hitting it off with them and feeling like we’re all in it for the same thing. I want to be confidence with the football aspect and become a better young man after everything is said and done. Education is a key part. I want to make the degree I get is worth something when I leave. Location is also a part of it too and making sure my family feels like it’s a great place for me.”