Auburn A Favorite For Holyfield

Talented running back Elijah Holyfield talks about his Thursday trip to Auburn, watching the Tigers practice and more.

Atlanta, Ga.--Four-star running back Elijah Holyfield was already very familiar with the Auburn Tigers before making a return visit to the Plains on Thursday to see Coach Gus Malzahn’s team in action for a spring practice. Getting the chance to watch them on the field and also spend time with Coach Tim Horton, Holyfield said he enjoyed everything about the trip.

“It went great,” Holyfield said. “I got to see them practice and got a chance to see the running backs and how they work a little bit. I also got to see Coach Horton coach, so I had a good time

“It was a big deal for me,” he added of the opportunity. “I wanted to compare myself to the running backs a little bit and just see the system. I had never seen a practice at this level before and that was pretty cool to see.”

Comparing himself to the guys on the team was part of the experience for the speedy Holyfield. Because of that said there was one guy in particular he kept a close eye on during Thursday’s workout.

“I like Roc Thomas,” Holyfield noted. “I like the way he runs, he kind of reminds me a little bit of myself. I liked him the most.”

Spending time with Horton was also one of the reasons for the trip for Holyfield. The coach that would be over his position should he choose Auburn down the road, Horton is known as a players’ coach and Holyfield said he sees that as well.

“I really liked it,” he said of seeing Horton in action. “He’s a laid-back guy, but coaches you hard. That’s the type of coach I like. I don’t like too much yelling and cussing and all that. He’s my type of guy.”

Saying that Auburn would definitely be one of his top five schools when he announces them later this spring, Holyfield said there is a whole like he likes about the Tigers at the moment after his return trip.

“You get the chance to play at the highest level and they run the ball,” Holyfield said of Auburn. “Their history of running backs is great. I feel like it’s one of the schools that gives me the best chance to get to the next level.”’

Planning to visit South Carolina on Friday and possibly making a return trip to Auburn for the A-Day Game on April 18, Holyfield said he would like to make his decision sometime before his senior season.


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