Army offers Alabama DT

The Black Knights coaching staff are looking for defensive line help in talent-rich south Alabama. Over the summer, Jared Holloway, a 6 and a half-foot, 270-pound defensive tackle out of Mobile's St. Paul's Episcopal School, had a chance to speak with assistant coach, Clarence Holmes, who extended the offer on Army's behalf.

"It was great talking with Coach Holmes," said Jared Holloway. "He's a real nice guy and I'm looking forward to speaking to him again soon about taking a visit to the academy. He told me a lot about West Point during our conversation, but I'd like to learn more. I definitely think I'm going to go to one of the academies unless I visit somewhere else and fall in love with it."

Holloway is also being heavily pursed by Air Force. The Falcon staff was the first to offer him a couple of weeks prior to Army. He also holds offers from Wofford, Southeastern Louisiana, and The Citadel. He camped this summer at Mississippi State and South Alabama.

"I'm not really a prototypical defensive tackle due to my size," Holloway said, "so I rely on my quickness and strength. In the summer, I worked out with a trainer. At South Alabama, I ran a 4.99 (40-yard dash) and improved my vertical three inches to a 31. We had a preseason game and I think I'm more explosive and quicker off the ball from all the work I put in during the off-season."

In the beginning of his career at St. Paul's Episcopal, Holloway started off at offensive line but moved to the other side of the ball as a junior. He helped the Saints to an 11-2 record and a third round appearance in the 5A state playoffs. Holloway plans on taking his visits during the course of his senior season.

"When I go on my campus visits I'm going to look first at academics," he explained. "That's a big reason I'm so high on the academies. I want to play on a team that feels like a family with welcoming coaches. I'm being looked at by some coaches at offensive line, but I'd much rather play defensive line in college."

The Saints begin their season Friday, August 31st against Fairhope, but with Hurricane Isaac looming near the coast, the game could be postponed. Holloway reports a 3.5 GPA going into his senior year at the college preparatory school. He plans on studying mechanical engineering in college.

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