August 1, 2012

Alabama prospect pulls down Army offer

Jared Holloway may not be your prototype size defensive tackle or at least that is if you buy into the idea that the minimum height for a Division I college DT must measure in at 6'3" and above range.

For the Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's High School prospect who stands at 6-foot-1, 270 pounds, can consider himself in good company for those current group of 'short' but outstanding collegiate tackles. Players like Chase Baker of Boise State (6'1", 290); Eddie Brown (6'0", 300) and Josh Chapman (6'0", 316) to name a few.

"I play hard nose, motor running every play and I use my tenacity to get passed o-linemen, because I don't really have the height," says Holloway. "But I have the strength and the quickness where I might lack in size."

Holloway's primary role is DT at St. Paul's and if you were to ask where his preference lies, he is quick to point out that his ultimate joy is bringing offensive players down versus opening holes. Even to the extent that such chatter could turn Holloway away from a program.

"Air Force said that they could see me at offense or defensive line, but I've always loved defensive line" says Holloway, when discussing one of two schools that have offered him ... the other being Army.

"My interest in Air Force is high, but I like all of the academies. But when it comes to Air Force, I don't know if they want me to play OL for them and that would make me have a totally different level of interest in them."

Not to be outdone and according to Holloway, the Black Knights on the "high-interest board" as well. "Army it's really high and they said my primary position would D-line," says the product of the state of Alabama. "It was the defensive line coach ... Coach Holmes that called me and I talk to him. Yes, my interest is really high with them."

And when did Holloway first receive the news that Army had offered him? "My head coach told me recently when I was working a little kids camp and he pulled me to the side ... about two weeks ago is when he told me about the Army offer," he adds"

"It was Coach Holmes of Army who offered me. I spoke to him during our media day, which was last week. So his call was to get to know me better and all.
He was feeling me on West Point and it was also a chance to get to know him."

There is no surprise that Holloway admitted that the two schools that are recruiting him the hardest are Army and Air Force.

In addition to the gridiron, Holloway participates in track & field. This past season he participated in the state 5A finals, where his best launch was recorded at 40.28m and 2nd place overall.

The dual sport athlete made it crystal clear that finding the right college that would allow him to be a 'true' student-athlete is essential as narrows down his group of possible schools at the next level. "First and foremost, great academics and play high level football," shared Holloway. "That's why I love the two academies, because they are great schools ... top schools in the country."

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