Holliday Explains His Decision

On Tuesday the Blue Devil coaching staff received good news from California's Blair Holliday. On Wednesday afternoon the two star receiving prospect explained his decision to TDD.

"My college decision was always going to be about academics first and football second," said Blair Holliday. "With Duke the name just speaks for itself in terms of quality people and the quality of education. And the football team is definitely up and coming."

Most Duke fans are familiar with Holliday's teammate, Dillion van der Wal who is considered a Blue Devil lean at this point, but it wasn't van der Wal who turned Holliday onto the opportunities at Duke.

"Actually with Coach Cutcliffe having tied through Tennessee and California through the Clausen family…that's how I got turned on to Duke. I talked to Mr. Clausen and he kind of helped get me in contact with the coaching staff and Coach Cutcliffe."

From there it was all about getting to Durham on an unofficial visit and seeing the campus first hand. Something that happened just over a week ago.

"It's a great place. I was telling Dillion yesterday about how they just have everything you could want in a program. At first I was a little bothered by the distance, but it's only a few hour plane ride and when I got there the feeling of family was just so strong. I knew it was home."

As for what the 6-foot-2, 180 pound prospect will bring to Duke, Holliday has the following self-scouting report:

"I need to add 10-15 pounds and then work on my speed a little bit. I'm not slow, but I'm not the fastest guy either. But when I'm down field I finish my blocks, and am a good route runner. I'll also catch pretty much anything thrown my way. When you look at Duke and the success they had with their receivers last year, I think it's just too good an opportunity to pass up."

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