In-State RB/DB Prospect Camped With Duke

When in attendance at one of the various summer camps being held throughout the college football world, it's not hard to figure out which players appear in the upper portion of the recruiting board. Last weekend that certainly seemed to apply to Lee County (N.C.) running back Jay Hollingsworth.

Not only did Jay Hollingsworth turn in a strong performance while working out on the track, in agility drills, and during the positional sessions - he also seemed to garner the attention of the Blue Devil coaches throughout the day. However, as with the other players who emerged as significant prospects, there was nothing in the way of a high pressure approach by Duke.

"They didn't really try to recruit me all that much, but I know they are very serious about me coming in and helping them get things turned around. Coach Roof, himself, has already come by my school just to say hi and talk. To have a head coach drop by was pretty big."

Carrying a 3.9 GPA and not expecting any trouble with the SAT portion of the qualification process, Hollingsworth says the classroom portion of his decision will be a big factor.

"I am very serious about academics and that will play a part in my decision. Obviously schools like Duke and Virginia have a big advantage on pretty much anyone there. The fact that they play in the ACC also helps."

Long considered the co-favorites for the Lee County standout, both the Blue Devils and Cavaliers have extended formal scholarship offers to Hollingsworth. They join Air Force and East Carolina as his offer pool. Meanwhile schools such as Wake Forest, Marshall, Maryland, NC State, and North Carolina have all ramped up their interest in recent weeks. Still, Duke and Virginia remain strong.

"With both places you've got great academics and the competition of the ACC. Virginia has an advantage with their quality of play on the field, but at Duke I can go in and make a big impact on the field early and help them get to that kind of level."

A late summer decision remains the target date for his decision, and after two more camps it may be time for the 5-foot-11, 180lbs runningback/defensive back to begin that process.

"I want to make my decision before the football season starts. I'm going to visit East Carolina for camp this weekend and then I will go to Virginia later on this month. After that I'll probably start thinking about it. I just want to get it behind me before my season starts so I can focus on that and have something to look forward to."

Last year at Lee County High School in Sanford, N.C. he had 126 carries for 1,048 yards and 12 touchdowns on offense. Defensively he recorded 73 total tackles, including 50 solo, picked off three passes and forced a fumble.

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