Holliday Pledges to ASU

Tucson Santa Rita wide receiver J.J. Holliday committed to the Sun Devils during his visit to Tempe this weekend. Devils Digest talked to him shortly after his decision.

"I committed to Arizona State around lunch time on Saturday," said the 5-11 160 J.J. Holliday. "I liked everything about the visit. I got a good vibe; everyone was really close to each other. I really found all the coaches to be very inspirational.

"I loved the facilities and I like that it's close enough to home that my parents can come to all of my games, but it's still far enough so it's not home."

Holliday, who was named 1st team all region this year, was especially impressed with his future position coach Eric Yarber.

"He's like me, a smaller type of receiver," commented Holliday, "so he really could relate to me and I could relate to him. He played college football and in the pros, and he made it even though he was like a 5-9 receiver."

ASU's newest commit was hosted by fellow wideout T.J. Simpson and Holliday thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the former Peoria standout and learning about his college destination through the eyes of a player.

"He was a lot like me," explained Holliday. "He wasn't cocky, he was real down to earth and he told me a lot about the school and the team."

Holliday noted that the coaches see him at split end, and added that "the coaches told me that if I work hard enough and if I'll be where I'm supposed to be I'm not redshirting."

Naturally, a player from the University of Arizona's backyard committing to its archrival will create a stir, and Holliday is prepared for that as he arrives back home today.

"Yeah, they're probably gonna give me the business," he said laughing. "Arizona was gonna offer me and then took back the offer when they had a JC wide receiver commit to them. So it's like they never really offered me.

"I always liked ASU anyway. They were my first choice."

Holliday hauled in 55 passes for 1,100 yards and 13 TDs, and helped Santa Rita reach the 4A2 state title game.

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