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June 30, 2011

Holloway switches focus

Tampa, Fla., native Brandon Holloway spent much of the spring going back and forth with spring football and track. But this summer, the Alonso High School rising senior has focused his attention on the gridiron.

"I have just been in the weight room and going through conditioning with our football team," said the 5-foot-9 and 155-pound Holloway. "I have just been focused on football and I am not doing any track this summer."

Holloway currently holds offers from the likes of Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Arizona State, Colorado State, Iowa State, Temple and Central Florida among others. And at his last two camp stops, the slot receiver/kick returner prospect enjoyed a solid showing.

"I finally got a good forty time when I camped at Miami and Florida," said Holloway, who rushed for 409 yards and four touchdowns last year, and also had two touchdowns via kickoff returns. "I ran a 4.28 at Miami and then a 4.3 at Florida. I also worked with the receivers some and I caught the ball pretty well. Miami is probably closer to offering than Florida is. I am just waiting to see what both schools say. Their coaches told me I did well in individual work so that part went pretty good."

Holloway said he is not exactly sure of his future summer plans but is eyeing one camp next month.

"I am not sure yet what else I will be doing the rest of the summer," said Holloway. "I am planning to go to Mississippi State in July but I don't have anything else planned. Mississippi State is the only trip I know of right now but I may go to some other camps, too."

And speaking of the Bulldogs, Holloway said he has a good relationship with their coaching staff.

"Things are good with Mississippi State and I stay in contact with their coaches and that is a good relationship with them," noted Holloway. "They say they want me down there to meet the rest of the coaching staff. One of their coaches saw me this spring and they really liked me. So I want to go there and run some routes so they can see me play. They are recruiting me as a slot receiver and as a return guy. They said I could also get a few plays in the backfield but not as a true running back type."

As far as having a leader, Holloway said he is keeping his options open right now.

"Nobody is really sticking out," said Holloway. "I am just making sure I make the right decision and I don't want to put anybody ahead of anybody and not just get focused on one school. I would say Mississippi State is recruiting me the hardest and I also talk to Temple a lot, too."

And with that eventual collegiate decision, Holloway said he hopes to make it before his senior year opens up and staying instate or not will not be a factor.

"I was hoping to make a decision by the end of the summer and I am still aiming for that," said Holloway. "I am mostly looking at the area around these schools, looking for a good academic school in case football does not work out down the road.

"Distance is not a factor, either. I do love the state of Florida but I am definitely willing to leave the state if I have a better future in another state."


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