May 9, 2011

Tampa speedster has CSU offer

While his stature may be small, the scholarship list for Brandon Holloway has grown to an impressive 12 schools, with schools like Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Temple offering a spot on their team to the 5-foot-9, 155-pounder from Tampa.

One suitor who Holloway said will receive a visit is Colorado State. The Rams and other schools are recruiting Holloway as a slot receiver and kicker returner

"I've only gotten to talk to the head coach (Steve Fairchild)," Holloway said when asked who at CSU he has spoken with. "I was really excited about it. It was one of the first bigger schools that I got, so I was excited to get it. I can't wait to go there during the summer to learn more about it.

"I don't know much about Colorado State, I just know they have a good program and my friend told me it was a good program that I should learn more about. I want to get out there this summer and meet the coaches and see the area."

Getting comfortable in the area of a school will be a priority for Holloway, who said he was told above all else, find a place where you can live for the next four or five years if football isn't part of the picture. That has led the academic wiz (4.2 GPA) to commit to visits at Colorado State, Vanderbilt and the Tampa schools.

Last year Holloway played slot back, some wide out and some running back for Alonso High School, collecting about 450 yards on the ground. He said his speed is a big factor in his success, but he has not been timed recently in the 40-yard dash. He also said finding the right system, which features slot back play will be important.

"That would be a big factor," he said. "Most of the teams that recruit me give the ball to the receivers at a pace that is good for me. I want to go to the college that will be a good college for me, not just because I like the system.

"I think I am a really hard worker. I hear that from a lot of people. A lot of people don't know that my academics are real important for me. I don't know how long sports will have for me. My trainer went to the Navy and he blew out his knee, so now he is a trainer and the academics play a big part."

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