FUMA OL Ryan Holifield likes Cards
6'6, 270 OL Ryan Holifield of Fork Union Military Academy will officially visit the University of Louisville January 24-25 and according to his father, Mark Holifield, has the Cards at the top of his list and would likely commit on his visit provided things worked out as hoped for.
Holifield, who is ranked the nation's #86 OL by TheInsiders.com, is an extremely quick and agile lineman who was timed during summer camps at 4.98 for forty yards on the track and 5.2 flat on grass.
At the Auburn camp last summer, Holifield was able to bench press 225 pounds 12-14 times and benched 185 lbs. 21 times. Holifield's vertical jump was also measured at an impressive 27 inches.
At FUMA this past season, Holifield averaged 5-6 pancake blocks per game and did not allow a sack the entire season. And this statistic will be music to the ears of all Cardinal fans, Holifield did not commit an offensive penalty all year. He did have one face mask called against him on the defensive side though.
Holifield, who's father Mark attended the UofL Dental School, was born in Louisville and lived here until he was 5 years old. Ryan's grandparents still live in Louisville, and according to Mark Holifield will certainly be a strong factor in their decision.
Holifield, who attended the UofL spring game last April, camped last summer at Georgia, Mississippi State, Auburn and UofL among others. Ryan was the fastest lineman at each camp he attended and particularly liked the way Auburn played offense.
So when Bobby Petrino took the reins at UofL, the Holifields interest in the Cardinal program immediately increased.
"Ryan excels at pass blocking and we like Coach Petrino and how he runs his offense," Mark Holifield told ITV.
According to Holifield, Ohio, UK, UNC and Maryland have shown considerable interest in his son Ryan. Holifield visited UNC in October for the UNC-Maryland game and according to Holifield, Maryland recruited Ryan heavily until October and when an expected offer from the Terrapins didn't materialize, Ryan re-opened his recruitment to consider other options.
Holifield, an excellent student, has drawn strong praise from his teachers and coaches at FUMA. Ryan is fully qualified and scored a 24 on the ACT and an 1150 on the SAT.