ATHENS — There were hints when Jeremiah Holloman signed with Georgia that his might be a two-for-one deal. Four months later, it has been confirmed that will be the case.
Holloman, who goes by the nickname “J.J.,” will be joined by his brother “L.J.” – aka Layfeatte Holloman Jr. — when the rest of Georgia’s 2017 recruiting class reports to campus in June. That fact was confirmed this week by both boys’ mother, Oneida Holloman.
“That’s still the case,” said Oneida Holloman. “We’re finalizing everything now. We’re looking at summer; June this summer.”
L.J., who is 15 months older than his younger brother, will join the Bulldogs as a preferred walkon. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound athlete also plays wide receiver. He’ll be transferring in as a sophomore academically.
“He’s been taking online classes,” Mrs. Holloman said. “He’s finalized that now and will be coming as a transfer student.”
L.J. was a recruit in his own right. He was pursued by several programs as a senior at Newton County High. However, after it was determined he was likely going to be an academic non-qualifier, interest fell off.
L.J. passed on some offers to attend junior college and chose instead to focus on his academics at home. Oneida Holloman said her older son also has been working out regularly and has added considerable bulk to his frame.
Now that L.J. has gotten his studies in order, his parents could not be more thrilled that their two sons will be attending the same school. For a long while it seemed probable that they would be playing ball at separate institutions.
“That’s all I kept saying, ‘oh, please let them go to the same school,’” Oneida Holloman said. “I didn’t know how we were going to figure this out if they didn’t.”
Meanwhile, things have been going quite well for the youngest son. A consensus 4-star prospect, J.J. Holloman was able to enter UGA in January as an early enrollee. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound receiver has proven a quick study for the Bulldogs and is battling for a spot in the receiver rotation this fall.
Holloman’s mother and father, Layfaette Holloman Sr., attended the Bulldogs’ first scrimmage this past Saturday at Sanford Stadium and will be there again this Saturday.
“It’s going very, very, very well,” Oneida Holloman said. “One thing I can say is the older guys that are already there have really taken the new enrollees under their wings. They’ve really helped J.J. They watch film with him, they correct them when they’re doing wrong. It’s kind of like a big brother process that they have, which is really great.”
Mom figures it can only get better for J.J. when his actual big brother shows up.