Chad Simmons

Florida, Mississippi State are recruiting four-star safety Kendarian Handy-Holly

Kendarian Handy-Holly is being pursued by several SEC schools including Florida. The Gators continue to recruit the four-star safety out of Alabama and the playmaker discusses the latest with Scout.

Kendarian Handy-Holly has plenty of programs vying for the four-star safety. Florida, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Mississippi State, USF and Vandy are just some of the schools that have offered the playmaker out of Jackson, Alabama. 

According to Handy-Holly, many schools have stopped by his high school this spring: "Auburn, Memphis, South Carolina, Alabama, Minnesota," are just some of the schools that have checked in. 

"It made me feel good knowing that they were interested," he said.

Although absent from the above list, the Gators are expected to visit Handy-Holly next week, when UF assistant Tim Skipper heads that way. 

"[My relationship with Florida] it's been good. We talk and they make sure I feel like family, so the relationship is good."

Apart from speaking with the Florida running backs coach, Handy-Holly has been able to connect with Gators defensive back coach, Torrian Gray.  

"He told me he watches my film, and he is interested, and he likes me," he said. "I like him. He is up front with me. He tells me that there are a couple of things he wants me to work on. He keeps it real." 

Handy-Holly also hears plenty about the Gators from UF pledge and friend, four-star athlete, Kadarius Toney

"He has been telling me that some of their safeties were taken in the draft and it would be good for me to come," he said. "I could have some time to play in my first year." 

With all the schools showing him interest, two are recruiting him the hardest at the moment, "Florida and Mississippi State." 

But there is one SEC school waiting in the wings. Alabama has stopped by Handy-Holly's school  and have shown more interest. 

"They are interested and they want me to come to camp this summer and they like me."

Handy-Holly still doesn't know where he will visit this summer, and he remains unsure if he will attend 'Bama's camp next month. 


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