In-State RB Has Two ACC Schools On Top

One of the hottest prospects on the recruiting board in the class of 2008 is Lee County (N.C.) runningback/safety Jay Hollingsworth. The in-state star has several offers already in which has produced a pair of favorites.

After running for more than 1,000 yards as a junior on offense while logging 73 tackles and three interceptions from his safety spot for the Yellow Jackets, Jay Hollingsworth saw his recruiting stock begin to rise as the Duke Blue Devils jumped in early with an offer. Since that time, several other schools have followed suit, leaving the 5-foot-11, 185 pound North Carolina native with several options.

"Right now I have offers from Duke, Virginia, East Carolina, and Air Force," said Hollingsworth. "Right now I am just looking at all my options and taking my time with the process. I want to make a decision that I can be comfortable with for the next five years."

During Duke's spring practice over the last few weeks, Hollingsworth had a chance to visit Durham and see just what the Blue Devils were all about. Apparently the Duke coaching staff, led by assistant Scottie Montgomery, made a big impression.

"I was close to committing when I was there, but I didn't in the end because I wanted to make sure. The campus was really nice and so were the facilities. I got a chance to meet all the players and listen to Duke's plans. They want me to come in as a running back, which is a big thing for me."

Close to committing and committing are clearly two different things in the recruiting world, so what held Hollingsworth back?

"The coaches don't want to lose a commitment to another school, and so they have always told me to take my time and make the right decision for me."

Since that visit Hollingsworth had a chance to make another trip to spring practice - this time it was to Virginia. After taking a bit longer, the Cavaliers offered a scholarship and firmly established themselves as a major player in this race.

"Coach Groh offered me a scholarship when I was up there. They are also recruiting me as a runningback, which I like. It is safe to say that it's between Duke and Virginia right now."

With the two ACC programs recruiting him, what else is on the agenda for Hollingsworth before he settles down and starts really working towards a collegiate decision?

"Right now I am looking toward taking some more visits and then get out to the camps this summer. Once I do that I'll sit down and get it out of the way. I'd like to have it behind me by the middle of the summer I think."

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