The secret is out: Elijah Holyfield commits to UGA

Elijah Holyfield

Elijah Holyfield’s secret commitment is now a public one.

Holyfield, the Bulldogs’ main target at running back, committed to UGA over Alabama and Auburn during a ceremony at his high school.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder has been silently committed to UGA for over a month now, as he told the AJC on Monday.

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The son of boxing legend Evander Holyfield is commit No. 17 for UGA’s 2016 class, and the only one at running back.

Elijah said he knew that he wanted to go to UGA for over two months now but just needed to see a few things before knowing 100 percent that he is making the right decision.

Holyfield told the AJC that the biggest deciding factor for his commitment to UGA was the fact that the school felt like home more so than the other schools in his top five.

What does his commitment mean for UGA? Holyfield’s decision gives UGA a physical inside runner who is well-respected by the state’s other elite recruits. UGA running backs coach Thomas Brown made him a priority at the position and was able to deliver a marquee target. UGA now needs to convince 4-star Texan Devwah Whaley to join this class and continue the program’s eye-opening trend of signing two of the nation’s top-rated backs every two years. — Jeff Sentell of the AJC and DawgNation

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