Questions Answered: Holyfield on 1st UA Trip

Alabama is in search of multiple backs for the 2016 cycle and one of its most recent offerees, four-star Elijah Holyfield, made his first trip to campus Sunday in order to participate in camp.

Stepping out of his champion father’s shadow as a big-time college football recruit, Elijah Holyfield has racked up plenty of national offers like Ohio State, USC and Wisconsin while totaling nearly every SEC extension.

The Scout four-star has been busy on the visit trail of late and Sunday’s visit to Alabama, another program on his offer list, was his first as a prospect. It followed a trip to Auburn on Saturday.

“I just got to do everything I wanted to do,” he said. “I got to meet all the coaches, I got to see how coach (Burton) Burns coached, I got to meet coach (Nick) Saban for the first time. I left without any questions or anything like that, so it was the best it could be.”

Holyfield worked out during the initial day of the Crimson Tide’s first prospect camp, getting intimate time with potential position coach Burns and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin in the process.

“We went through some of his drills and stuff like that,” he said. “I thought I performed really well and he (Burns) said I did well. I think the number one thing I learned about him was the small details he pays attention to. Seeing that, and with the backs he’s produced, I really see how he does it and you see results.

“I also got to talk to coach Kiffin for a little while, and work with him for a little bit. It was really good.”

Following the workout, the College Park (Ga.) Woodward Academy standout and top back in the Peach State sat down with Saban.

“I got to sit down in his office and my family got to sit down and talk to him,” Holyfield said. “He just talked about some of the stuff they do their in the developmental program for the kids, after ball and stuff like that. It was really interesting getting to talk to him for a little bit.

“They say I fit their offense greatly, they feel like I’m a one-cut back and they feel that I’ll be able to come there and compete and have the chance to play early. They feel like I’m the type of person for them. “

The collective opinion of the Alabama staff and his initial look of campus left an impression.

“It means a lot. Growing up, watching Alabama and seeing them, and now for them to recruit me -- it’s pretty cool,” he said, before detailing his thoughts on Tuscaloosa. “I really enjoyed it; I think it’s second to none. I really like all the facilities, the education there and all that. I really enjoyed it.”

Holyfield, who claims no favorites, says he could begin to narrow his long list of offers before his senior season although an eventual decision isn’t expected until after it.

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