Holly scoops up offer on ASU visit

Arizona State stepped up its pursuit of a Southern California running back with a scholarship offer Saturday upon his visit to the school's campus.

In the end, all Freddie Holly had to do to collect his first BCS scholarship offer was take a drive across the Sonoran Desert.

Holly, a 6-foot-0, 200 pound running back at Norte Vista High School in Riverside, Calif., finally made the unofficial trip to Arizona State that its offensive coordinator Mike Norvell was persistent about, and it resulted in the Sun Devils' scholarship offer Saturday.

"It feels pretty good. It's kind of like a dream come true in a way because I really like ASU and they were the first ones to have big interest in me in my opinion, as far as talk to me and stuff like that," Holly said. "We kept in contact. So even thought I kind of new it was still exciting. It's always going to be mind blowing when something like that happens.

"Coach Norvell came to my high school my sophomore year and that's when he started recruiting me, after that. That's where it all started. He had been trying to get me to come for a while, like to a junior day they had earlier and other times, and got on me about it actually and then finally I was able to this weekend and that's when they offered me."

Holly also has been offered a scholarship by San Jose State, he said, and is getting some attention from Arizona, Boise State and Washington. But the Sun Devils are leading the recruitment.

"It's a really good environment and everybody is like a real family there," Holly said. "Everyone has jobs and does those jobs like a real team and everybody is a part of it. All the recruiting coaches and everyone there were breaking everything down for me and I liked it. Their practice was real organized and fast and you could tell they really plan everything out and are on top of it.

"Part of me wants to make an early decision but then again this is kind of a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to go through this process. ASU is at the top of my list but you don't get a chance to see schools and different parts of the country or anything like that for most people. So that's why it's a tough decision and I think to keep thinking about everything more."

As a junior, Holly aid he led the country in rushing and was credited with 2,593 rushing yards with a 10.6 yards per carry average and 31 touchdowns.

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