A sleeper athlete?

Bowie, Maryland running back James Holley had a tough 2009 season, but he's ready to put it behind him. HI's Josh Harvey caught up with the soon to be senior to see how his recruiting is going.

James Holley had a tough 2009 season, but he's ready to put it behind him. After rushing for 1200 yards and 19 touchdowns as a sophomore on J.V., Holley missed much of last season with an infection from a cut on his ankle. He had originally been slated to be a starter along side senior Travis Thomas at Bowie (MD).

Now, his recruitment has suffered. With a 6-foot, 205 pound frame, and a 4.49 forty, he should have at least a lower end offer. But, schools are waiting to see what he can do on the field in 2010.

"It's all coming with patience. I know that I have to keep just working hard. Something will happen for me. I keep telling myself that," said Holley to HawkeyeInsider.com. "I got some verbal offers from Pitt, Ohio, and Toledo. They are wanting to see my first game. Most schools are telling me that it relies on my first couple of games."

Besides for his verbal offers, Holley is hearing from Iowa, Maryland, Delaware, New Mexico, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Delaware State, North Carolina, and Rutgers.

With Holley being healthy in the spring, numerous schools dropped by to watch the soon to senior, including Iowa and Virginia.

"Iowa said they really like me. They told me and they wanted my sophomore highlights and a questionnaire. I have been getting mail since," said Holley. "They told me that they would be watching me early this season."

Holley is also slated to play on defense this season as a safety.

"Coaches are looking at me for a few different positions. I am being recruited as a safety, running back and outside linebacker. I think it depends on their system and how I do my senior year. It doesn't really matter that much to me. I prefer running back but wherever the coaches tell me to play I will give it my best effort."

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