Holly on board with Sun Devils

Arizona State landed a commitment from the No. 8 ranked running back prospect in the West, Riverside, Calif, Del Notre High School star Freddie Holly.

Freddie Holly felt slighted by Pac-12 schools in California despite leading Riverside County with 2,593 rushing yards, a 10.6 yard per carry average and 31 touchdowns.

So, he decided to commit early to Arizona State, doing so in a conversation with his recruiter, Sun Devil offensive coordinator Mike Norvell, Saturday.

Holly, a 6-foot-0, 210 pounder at Del Norte High School in Riverside, Calif., wants to make other schools regret dragging their feet on a scholarship offer.

"I'm kind of whatever about every other school right now," said Holly, the No. 8 ranked running back in the West. "They were the first ones to show me love. ASU offered me before any Pac-12 school in California. So, USC, UCLA, Cal. I was kind of offended by that. But I mean it's all part of the game I guess. I just want to go somewhere can go to compete and play those schools and have them feel the regret of, 'oh, I should have offered him earlier.'

"You would have thought I would have had [offers] earlier. Led the county in rushing yards, broke (former Norco High and Stanford star) Toby Gerhart's 7-game consecutive 200-yard games with eight or nine games."

Colorado State, San Jose State and Wyoming offered a scholarship, Holly said, and Arizona and Colorado visited for spring ball and were recruiting him as were Boise State and Washington. But Holly isn't concerned with it now.

"I've been in love with the whole facility and program and brotherhood at ASU," Holly said. "I really love coach (Todd) Graham and Norvell. They were the first ones to really show attention to me and I really appreciated that and took it to heart and looked at everything I had. I was just like why wait? I really don't want to focus on it my senior year. I love the system, everything is good there so I just wanted to do it."

ASU became a strong favorite for Holly after he visited the school in March, telling SunDevilSource.com at the time he was considering a commitment at the time, but weighing it against the once in a lifetime opportunity to go through the recruiting process. But the allure of the Sun Devils stayed with him in the last six weeks and wouldn't go away.

"The most thing I took from the offense and what they've said to me is they're going to give me the opportunity to play as a freshman as far as like everything they do," Holly said." They do multiple back sets, they have a back catch the ball out of the backfield. It's a good system for me to just ball out, pretty much.

"I'm more of the running back guy, like I'll do a little bit of routes but not too much, like swings, screens, little out routes coming out of the backfield, things like that."

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