Elijah Holyfield, the only public UGA commitment at RB this year, could return to the field as early as next week.
The 4-star prospect from Woodward Academy suffered a stress fracture in his left foot in the St. Pius game on Sept. 4. He had a great game that night and also the following week before going to get the injury checked out.
When it was discovered, he hoped to return in 4-to-6 weeks. This week’s game marks the fourth week of that timeline. Holyfield said that his foot feels close to returning to the field.
“I go to the doctor on Monday, hoping to get cleared,” Holyfield told the AJC’s Dawgnation.com.
Holyfield also said he will be at the UGA-Missouri game and that he has not yet set up his official visit. He’s thinking about the month of January for that.
It was not outlandish to expect a quick recovery. After all, he is the son of the only 4-time World Heavyweight Champion. Toughness is sort of the family business. The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder finished out the St. Pius game with 183 yards and four touchdowns while playing with that stress fracture.
“I cut and my ankle rolled,” Holyfield said when the injury was discovered. “I tried to come back right after. When I went in motion, it just gave out. I went to the sidelines and got it taped and played the rest of the game. It hurt all game and the next week, too, but this week it kept hurting and my mom was worried, so she finally took me to the doctor.”
He played the following week and clicked off 178 yards and two touchdowns despite playing just two quarters.
Holyfield committed to UGA on Sept. 4. He’s rated as the No. 5 running back in the nation and the No. 17 player in Georgia this year.
The following clips show how he performed after suffering that injury.
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.