Elijah Holyfield, the son of former heavyweight boxing champ Evander Holyfield, is quickly emerging as one of the top overall prospects in the Class of 2016. Nearly the entire SEC is jockeying for his services, as are other top programs nationwide. While Holyfield has indicated he is focused on four SEC programs, one in particular is trying to steal a march on Holyfield’s commitment by making him their lead priority.
As reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Holyfield relayed a recent conversation he had with Georgia assistant Thomas Brown, who took a calculated gamble by intimating Holyfield was the only running back recruit he was truly interested in.
“He told me that I’m the back they want in this class and he would be perfectly happy if he only takes me,” Holyfield told the AJC. “They have been pretty adamant about it. They have told me that I am No. 1 many times now.”
With Holyfield — who scored seven touchdowns in a single game during the 2014 season — deciding he has seen enough to avoid another series of campus visits, Georgia may not have to wait long to learn if Brown’s gamble will pay off. If it backfires, he’ll have a lot of explaining to do to every other running back recruit in America that Georgia has checked in on.
If Brown is looking for some peace of mind, there’s always this: When the Bulldogs extended an offer to Holyfield, he was plenty excited about it.