The commitment of a top instate defensive lineman would have been enough to put a smile on Bulldog fans’ faces. But the commitment of the top player in Georgia at a position of desperate need made Thursday a true banner day for Georgia football fans.
Newton County receiver Jeremiah Holloman chose the University of Georgia this afternoon over the likes of LSU, Miami, Nebraska, and Notre Dame. The 6’2, 195 pound Holloman is rated the #19 receiver in the country by 247Sports and the #15 player in the state of Georgia. Highlights from his senior campaign are below:
Two things stand out about Holloman (other than the fact that he's former Bulldog Leonard Floyd’s first cousin), his size and his explosion. He’s wide-shouldered with good hand size, and plays physical. Holloman wasn't a highly-recruited player until the 2015 7-on-7 season, during which his high school team won a tournament at Georgia and he also excelled as part of Cam Newton’s all-star team.
In the process, Holloman ran past and jumped over several college-ready defensive backs, and started earning offers from some of the biggest names in college football. He's also the two-time defending state champion in class AAAAAA in the triple jump, and finished in the top ten in the high jump as both a sophomore and junior. As 2016 unfolded Riley Ridley emerged as a young receiver capable of getting open downfield and going up to make tough catches. I see similar attributes in Holloman.
This commitment gives the Red and Black four wide receivers in the class of 2017, all 6’2 or taller. That’s a good infusion of size and numbers for a unit that needs both. Assuming that Ridley avoids a sophomore slump, Terry Godwin remains productive, and Isaiah McKenzie stays for his senior campaign, this group might help turn the WR unit into an asset rather than a liability. Until later....