It’s a safe bet to say that Grant Holloway was impressed with UGA on his official visit this weekend. Hollway is the track star from Virginia that the Bulldogs desperately want at receiver.
“Everything was absolutely amazing,” Holloway told the AJC’s DawgNation.com. “I am still stunned thinking about it all right now.”
He kept it together in the telephone interview. Barely. He said the visit to Athens was all he thought it would be “and even more.”
“I couldn’t have (imagined) the visit going any better,” Holloway said. “But at the same time I am just trying to control all my emotions and have fun.”
The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder wasn’t tempted to the point of committing and said he needed to “keep my doors open” with his recruitment process for the time being. The national champion hurdler still thinks he will make his commitment in “October or November.”
Holloway’s family joined him on the visit — and it was a homecoming of sorts. A little-known fact about Holloway is that both of his parents are from Atlanta. His father Stan Holloway attended McNair High and then Morehouse College. His mother attended Booker T. Washington and Clark Atlanta University.
His parents said the visit set up like a reunion. Holloway also enjoyed the chance to visit with his godfather. He also made the trip to UGA this weekend.
“We are proud and pleased that the University of Georgia is recruiting our son,” Stan Holloway told DawgNation.com.
UGA is well-positioned to go deep into his recruiting process for several reasons. The first is the program has clear depth needs at the receiver position. Holloway has also told Dawgnation.com that UGA has done a great job of making him feel “wanted and needed” at receiver. There’s also the track factor. UGA is one of only two schools (Virginia Tech is the other) that has offered him the ability to run track and play football.
That will be one of the chief criteria behind his decision. He met with the track coaches at UGA along the weekend.
“It was great,” Holloway said. “They are on the same page as football which makes it kind of easier for the recruiting process.”
The Grassfield High standout said he got the chance to meet with coach Mark Richt and many UGA assistants. Running backs coach Thomas Brown, receiver coach Bryan McClendon and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer all had the same message:
“They know I can (make) a good impact on the field when I commit there,” Holloway said.
Holloway wants to pursue a degree in business management and felt UGA checks that off his list, too.
“They are one of the Top 25 schools in the country for my major,” he said.
This also marked the first time that a school which hosted Holloway on a football visit actually won the game. Holloway said that was unique. His other visits to Virginia Tech and Tennessee did not allow the chance for him to see the home crowd celebrate a victory.
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.