Demetrice Holliday commits to play football at Arkansas State

Demetrice Holliday commits to play football at Arkansas State

Batesville wide receiver Demetrice Holliday thought the recruiting process would last until the end of his senior season.

But the 6-foot-3, 200 pound multi-sport standout made his first visit to Jonesboro on Saturday and found home. He said he had offers from UL-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State among others..

“I was going to wait until the end of the my senior season,’’ said Holliday, who also plays basketball and track for the Pioneers. “But I like everything and I started to change my mind. I saw how everything was and I could wait no longer.”

And then there was help from mom.

“She loved the place. She was sold before I was,’’ he said.

Proximity to his home was also a selling point to Holliday, who also plays cornerback and safety and returned an interception for a touchdown in the season opener last year against Jonesboro at Centennial Bank Stadium.

“Arkansas State wants me as a wide receiver,’’ he said.

In his career he has 50 receptions for 949 yards and 11 touchdowns. This past season he caught 22 passes for 428 yards for a team that reached the Class 5A semifinals where it lost to eventual champion Pulaski Academy.

“I loved the way the coaches worked with the players,’’ he said. “It was all like a family. I was going to wait but I just decided this was the place and I’m shutting down my recruiting.”

With basketball season over, Holiday will focus on track where he turned in a solid sophomore season. He ran a leg on the Pioneers’ second place 4 x 400 relay team and competed in two other events at the Class 5A meet. In the decathlon he finished 17th with 5,044 points.

The lead recruiters on Holliday were receivers coach Kyle Cefalo and Luke Paschall.

He is the second commit for the 2018 class. Georgia defensive lineman Ryan Taylor also committed on Saturday.