A big weekend on the field was preceeded by a big recruiting win off it this afternoon when Woodward Academy tailback Elijah Holyfield committed to Georgia over Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, and South Carolina. The 5’10, 205 pound senior is rated by 247Sports as the #5 tailback in the country for the class of 2016 and also claimed offers from the likes of Arkansas, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, and USC.
Holyfield, rated the #17 player overall in the state of Georgia by 247Sports and #14 by Rivals (which ranks him the #3 tailback nationally), is the son of former world heavyweight champion (and heavyweight Bulldog fan) Evander Holyfield. While the younger Holyfield made clear during the recruiting process that UGA was his childhood favorite team, it was far from a foregone conclusion that he would end up in Athens. Holyfield was recruited heavily by Auburn and seemed to be leaning toward the WarPlainsTigerPublicAdministrators for some time. It’s also worth noting that Holyfield’s older brother, Evander Holyfield, Jr., ran track at Auburn and was a walk-on on the Tiger football team. So it would not have been that far-fetched for him to decamp to the Plains.
Georgia once held a commitment from North Carolina back B.J. Emmons,however there were always rumors that Emmons might have some academic issues to take care of. Holyfield does not appear to have any such hurdles to overcome. On the field, he is a big, versatile back in the tradition of recent Georgia signees like Keith Marshall and Sony Michel. Not necessarily a big bruiser, but with plenty of size and strength to run between the tackles. The two things I find most impressive about Holyfield however are his vision and his feet. He runs with his eyes, finding the most efficient path through the line. And he’s definitely got the old man’s feet. Quick. Efficient. Sure.
Also, he has great taste in animals.
In short, he’s a great pickup for a Georgia team which needs multiple world class tailbacks to function efficiently. Until later . . .