UGA missed out on an opportunity to bolster its overall team speed and big-play potential at receiver in 2016.
Virginia speedster Grant Holloway, one of the nation’s elite track athletes, committed to run track at Florida instead of play football and run track at UGA. There is an opportunity for him to walk onto the football team.
He chose to announce his decision on his 18th birthday. The senior won six individual state track titles at Virginia’s Grassfield High School this spring. Grassfield head football coach Martin Asprey confirmed Holloway’s decision with DawgNation.
According to The Virginian-Pilot, Holloway has scored 15 touchdowns this season on run, pass, punt returns and interceptions. He also averages more than 20 yards per touch receiving and rushing, with five receptions of 50-plus yards.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder is rated as a 3-star receiver by the 247sports composite and as the nation’s No. 61 prospect at his position. Those ratings are skewed by the fact Holloway has not attended many prospect camps in order to focus on high school track. Holloway, a national champion in the hurdles, is a co-national prep record holder in the indoor 55-meter hurdles.
His impressive track resume is thoroughly chronicled in a press release that announced his selection as the Gatorade 2015 Virginia Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year:
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound junior captured four individual state titles at the Group 6A state meet and led the Grizzlies to a state championship as a team. Holloway won the long jump with a meet-record leap of 25 feet, 8.75 inches, which ranked as the nation’s No. 1 performance among prep competitors in 2015 at the time of his selection. He also took first the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in 36.73, which ranked as the nation’s No. 9 time, the 110-meter high hurdles and the high jump. Holloway is ranked in the top 25 nationally in the 110 hurdles and the high jump, and clocks in among the top 100 nationally in the 200-meter dash. The co-holder of the national prep record in the indoor 55-meter high hurdles, he finished as the national runner-up in both the 60-meter high hurdles and the high jump at this past winter’s New Balance Nationals Indoor and concluded the indoor season ranked in the top 10 nationally in seven events (55 hurdles, 60 hurdles, high jump, 55-meter dash, 300-meter dash, 500-meter dash and long jump)
UGA is still a finalist for 5-star receiver Kyle Davis out of Archer High School in Metro Atlanta. Florida speedster Tre’ Nixon is also another highly-rated option for UGA at receiver. UGA also recently extended an offer to junior college receiver Derrick Willies. Willies is currently committed to Texas Tech.
What kind of football player is Holloway? Is he just a track guy with straight-ahead speed? Take a look at the clips below. Judge for yourself.
— Greg Bishop (@GregBishopPhoto) November 14, 2015
— G.W.Holloway. (@Flaamingoo_) September 13, 2015
— G.W.Holloway. (@Flaamingoo_) September 5, 2015
Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges. Follow @JeffSentell_