RECRUITING: Ely's Holley Has Many Choices To Make

When decision time rolls around for Avery Holley, the 6-0, 165-pounder from Pompano Beach (FL) Ely is not only going to have pick a position to play, but he's going to have to pick a sport. In football, where he's been timed at 4.4 in the 40, he starts on both sides of the ball, corner on defense and receiver on offense. In basketball, he's a standout point guard.

Holley has multiple lists of schools that are showing him the recruiting love during this offseason. He's got schools that want him as a corner, schools that want him as a receiver, schools that want him as a point guard and even a few that want him to think about playing both sports.

On the football field, skills he's learned in basketball, such as leading his team, making good decisions, slashing, cutting and weaving pay off handsomely. As a receiver he's elusive and understands how to find open areas. Football pays off on the basketball court where he's physically tough, is a good one on one defender and unafraid of contact.

"The skills I bring to the table (on the gridiron) are my quickness and agility and ability to move around," he said. "I have quick feet and can shake a defender at will. I also have good ball awareness."

"I play point guard in basketball and am the number two rated point guard in the state. Basically I am a floor general . . . I can hit the open shot when I need to. I like to penetrate, dish, and kick. I averaged 21.4 points, seven assists, and three rebounds."

He would really like to play both sports in college. Most athletes are discouraged from playing two sports because of the academic rigors, but Holley is an excellent student who should have no problems with the adjustments. He already has a more than qualifying GPA and he scored a 1060 on the SAT. Still his dichotomy of choices may be a struggle if some big school that he likes doesn't give him a chance to play both sports.

The big three football powers in Florida (Florida, Florida State and Miami) are all showing interest and he's on the Syracuse recruiting radar. In basketball, he's being recruiting by Fordham, Southern Cal, San Diego State, UTEP, and Tennessee.

Louisiana-Lafayette, Arkon and Georgia Tech have already offered him a football scholarship and there will be more offers coming in the future in both his spots. Ely is expected to be one of the top football powers in the state this year and the basketball team has a chance to be exceptional, too, so college scouts will be seeing plenty of Holley in the future.

Holley is very proud of the fact that Ely not only boasts a very high number of Division I prospects, but from an academic standpoint, the Tigers take a back seat to no one.

"I expect for us to have the highest number of graduating Division 1 prospects ever at Ely," Holley said. "We have a very talented team this year. Everyone at the skill position can basically blow it up and we can depend on a lot of players to win the game."

Inevitably, when he makes his decision after giving each school a fair chance to recruit him, there will be one factor that stands out above all others and that will be the supreme guide.

"Academics are important and I want to major in business administration," he said. "After that, my family and I will sit down and talk after all my visits."

Avery Holley is a special athlete with skills that are hard to coach on the football field and the basketball court. He will have plenty of difficult decisions to make in the upcoming year but he's a well grounded kid who is prepared not only to play sports at the next level, but make the important choices about where he will be spending the next four years.

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