Elijah Holyfield was one of a handful of prospects not on official visits that spent time at Georgia Saturday. It was a good day to be in Athens.
Kirby Smart announced his hiring of Jim Chaney as the offensive coordinator Saturday, so the No. 12-ranked running back out of College Park (Ga.) Woodward Academy got to meet him, hear his thoughts, and get a feel for how he would be used.
This Georgia commit liked what he heard.
"I met coach Chaney and we talked about his past at Pittsburgh, Arkansas, and how he has had a freshman that rushed for 1,000 yards last year, then two guys that rushed for 1,000 yards at Arkansas the year before," said Holyfield. "I got to meet him and speak with him about his offense and he said it will be a pro-style offense at Georgia.
"He said he would throw a lot of protections at me, get me in the right place, and for me to come in ready. He knows his stuff and he is the type of coach that gets stuff done. He is really what I am looking for in an offensive coordinator."
Holyfield was there with other highly-ranked prospects on the UGA board and quite a few are offensive guys who wanted to learn more about Smart's plan. One is Jacob Eason, the five-star quarterback who has been committed to the Bulldogs since July 2014. He created quite a buzz last week and a half ago when he visited Florida. Does Holyfield feel the Dawgs can hold onto the gunslinger from Washington?
"I think Jacob stays with Georgia. I just do not think after one visit he will leave, but we will see. He has been committed to Georgia for so long, he has gotten close to so many commitments, and I think he stays with us."
The Scout 300 running back enjoyed his time in Athens Saturday and he liked what he saw in the new head coach. He has known Kirby Smart for some time, and Alabama was in his final five, so he is happy about who is leading the Dawgs.
"I think coach Smart fits the role as the Georgia head coach," said Holyfield. "He is an easy guy to talk to, someone that is a little younger, so I can relate to hime, and it all went smooth yesterday.
"All I can really say is he looks like he bleongs where he is. He looks like he has been a head coach for a long time."
Holyfield is excited to be a Bulldog and he is planning to visit UGA officially in Janaury.