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September 24, 2012Lanett quarterback Shavar Holliday is one of Alabama's best kept secrets, and at least one out-of-state school, Georgia Tech, is beginning to take notice.
Holliday, 6-foot, 175 pounds, committed to Northern Iowa and recruiting coach Travis Williams in the summer, but is keeping his options open in hopes of receiving an offer to play closer to home.
The Yellow Jackets could be close to giving Holliday that option.
Holliday went to Atlanta the past two weekends on unofficial visits to watch as Georgia Tech played Virginia and Miami. He received a visit from Yellow Jackets recruiter/cornerbacks coach Charles Kelly last Friday.
"Coach Kelly came by the school to check on me," said Holliday. "He was getting my transcripts and talking to my coach. I didn't get to talk to him Friday, but I did Saturday when I went to the game."
Holliday watched as Georgia Tech lost 42-36 to Miami, but the loss didn't take anything away from the visit.
"It went great," he said. "I loved it. The atmosphere was great. I got to tour the campus a little and then walked onto the field before the game. The crowd was shaking our hands when we were going to our seats. It was exciting.
"I got to talk to Coach Kelly while I was there and he was glad to see me again. He said he was going to come back to my school and watch me play."
Holliday is planning to take the ACT for the first time in October. Should he make a qualifying score, Holliday believes an offer from the Yellow Jackets could come soon after.
"They have been recruiting me hard," Holliday said. "They have been showing me a lot of love. I'm glad because I like Georgia Tech a lot. It's close to home and they have a real good program. I like Coach Kelly and the rest of the coaches."
So far this season, Holliday has led Lanett to a 3-1 record and a No. 2 ranking in region play. In the first three games, Holliday accounted for 372 total yards and five touchdowns. He threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 144 yards and two scores. Holliday was also 5-of-5 on PATs.
"Georgia Tech is recruiting me as a quarterback/athlete," he said. "I could play a lot of positions, but I would like to get a shot at quarterback. I would love to run that triple-option."
Holliday will be back at Georgia Tech this weekend for the third straight game in Atlanta. The Yellow Jackets host Middle Tennessee State at noon ET.
Northern Iowa, Georgia Tech and Auburn are recruiting Holliday the hardest, he said. Appalachian State and Alabama A&M are also in the mix. Other schools could be added to the list as Holliday is off to a fast start to his senior season.
Follow Shavar Holliday on Twitter: @shavarH