It shouldn’t be a shock that Evander Holyfield’s son is a talented athlete. After all, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. The difference between the two is that Elijah is making his name with the most popular sport around.
As reported by our Gannett partner Detroit Free Press, Evander Holyfield’s son Elijah recently received a football scholarship offer to the University of Michigan. The younger Holyfield is an impressive 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back for College Park High in suburban Atlanta. There’s no question that Holyfield is a burgeoning national recruit; he already holds offers from Ohio State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin, among other schools. Still, it’s the Michigan offer that may have the younger Holyfield most excited, as he made clear in his tweet announcing that the Wolverines had offered him a scholarship.
Michigan just offered!!! #GoBlue
– E HOLY (@EH_taught_me) June 18, 2014
Holyfield has only competed in two high school football seasons, but he’s already made an impression. The rising junior ran for 645 yards on 66 carries as a freshman and improved on those numbers further in his second season. By the time he graduates, Holyfield could be one of the top running back recruits in the nation.
By then he may have already committed to Michigan, Ohio State or another major national program. Whether he has or not, it seems likely he’ll continue pushing forward his father’s athletic legacy.