Tigers In The Mix For Holyfield

Four-star back Elijah Holyfield talks about his visit to see the Auburn Tigers on Saturday.

College Park, Ga.--A four-star back and a member of the Scout 300, speedy Elijah Holyfield was back on Auburn’s campus Saturday to get another look at the Tigers. Spending several hours with Gus Malzahn, Rhett Lashlee and Tim Horton, Holyfield said Auburn is in the mix for him following the trip.

“They are definitely in it,” Holyfield said of Auburn. “I would say it’s mostly because of the productive offense they had. That’s a big thing for me.”

“I think they are both really down to earth guys,” Holyfield added of Lashlee and Horton. “They are people you want to play for and that can help you get to the next level. Obviously that shows with the people they’ve coached before. I think that speaks for itself.”

That productivity on offense begins in the running game with players such as Ben Tate, Mike Dyer, Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne all putting up big numbers in Auburn’s offense under Malzahn. It’s something that Holyfield said is important to him when he thinks about a possible future with the Tigers.

“It’s very exciting,” Holyfield said. “That’s the number one thing that is intriguing me about Auburn is that.”

With a brother (Evander Holyfield Jr.) that walked on at Auburn under Tommy Tuberville, the younger Holyfield said that has always made him watch the Tigers a little closer over the years, including going to several games at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Because of that he said it gives him a good feel about what Auburn is all about.

“I came to a lot of games,” Holyfield said. “That helps a lot being familiar with the system and familiar with the players who came before.”

Planning to return to Auburn later in the spring, Holyfield said he’ll visit Tennessee this Wednesday with a trip to Florida next weekend.

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