Asheville High School with Another

Over the last several months Asheville (NC) has received attention from some of the nation's top college football programs. Rightfully so since current University of Florida commitment defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan calls Asheville home.

It was around this time last year when people started to take notice of the 6-3 and 260-pound defensive end. However, Jeoffrey Pagan isn't the only player that laces it up for Ashville as people have taken notice of 2012 standout Tysean Holloway.

The 6-0 and 185-pound athlete runs in the 4.4 range, benches 275-pounds, squats 425-pounds and power cleans 225-pounds. Holloway transferred to Ashville following his ninth grade season on the junior varsity team from Ashville (NC) TC Roberson High School.

Ashville head coach Danny Wilkins speaks very highly of one of his star players.

"His sophomore season he was our tailback on the varsity in a Pro I offense. He rushed for 1541 yards on 186 carries and 24 touchdowns. He had 12 receptions for 133 yards. The 2010 season will see Tysean at the quarterback position with our offense geared around his skills. He has a strong arm and gifted legs. We are hoping he can lead us to our sixth consecutive conference title and a deep run in the state playoffs and maybe another state title.

"Tysean has a great work ethic and sees himself playing at the next level. He is a good student and sees the important relationship between grades, core GPA, board scores, and qualifying for the next level. He had an outstanding sophomore season at tailback, and will make the transition to quarterback as stated earlier.

"He has a strong arm, good speed, and the ability to make plays. He has some leadership skills that I think will continue to develop with maturity at the QB position. There will be a learning curve here for him but he has all the tools to be an outstanding quarterback."

Holloway talked about his strengths and what he must improve on heading into his junior season. "I feel my best strengths are my mobility, will-power and internal drive to compete and be successful. I am a very coachable player that will do whatever is necessary to lead my team to victory. I am a clutch-player, love tight game situations and I want the ball in my hand when the game is on the line. I have always played quarterback and safety, but I moved to tailback last year to help the team. I want to improve on reading defenses, coverage packages and always want to stay in tip-top shape to maximize my speed and prepare for college."

The goal is simple as Holloway wants to lead his team to a sixth consecutive conference championship.

"First and foremost I want to be a leader on and off the field. I want to lead my team to our sixth consecutive conference championship and our second state championship in the last five years. My personal goals are to be recognized as an all-conference and all-state player. With making the move back to QB, I want to be recognized as a dual-threat when the ball is in my hand. In speaking with college coaches, I hope to have some early offers during my junior season."

Holloway spoke about a team rich in tradition and future teams he is keeping a close eye on.

"I am blessed to play for a high school rich in tradition. Charlie "Choo-choo" Justice (University of North Carolina), Ray Roberts (University of Virginia/Detroit Lions), John Avery (Ole Miss/Miami Dolphins), Leonard Little (University of Tennessee/St. Louis Rams), Craig King (University of Tennessee/Shrine Bowl MVP), Crezdon Butler (Clemson University/Pittsburgh Steelers), Johnny White (University of North Carolina '11), Rakheem Morgan (East Carolina '13). Additionally, we have many other players that have continued their career on the collegiate level and I have been lucky to visit numerous schools with Jeoffrey Pagan during his recruiting visits.

"I have interest in attending Florida, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Louisville, LSU, Clemson, NC State, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Auburn, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Arkansas. I prefer to play within the ACC or SEC, but I do like the coaching changes that have taken place at the University of Louisville and the University of Notre Dame and it seems that Ohio State just knows how to win."

Holloway will be a very busy man over the summer. He was at Clemson on June 10 and was scheduled to visit Georgia Tech Saturday June 12.

"I additionally plan on camping at the University of North Carolina, University of Tennessee and University of Alabama over the summer. I am hoping that my schedule will allow me for me to ride down with Jeoffrey Pagan and Stephone Anthony to attend the Friday Night Lights camp at the University of Florida in July. I believe that we have around four different 7on7's scheduled over the summer, with a possible showdown with Independence and Butler (Christian LeMay) in late July. As of right now I don't have any combine dates set, I ran track in the spring and really worked on my take-off, which has proven to really lower my 40 yard times this spring."


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