Holliman has two favorites

Gerrod Holliman recently landed an offer from Louisville and the talented defensive back from Miami (FL) Southridge has Charlie Strong's program high atop his list of favorites.

Gerrod Holliman has emerged as one of the top safeties in Florida and recruiting has really picked up for him lately.

"I have offers from Maryand, Louisville, Kansas State, Nebraska, Marshall, and Minnesota right now," said Gerrod Holliman. "Maryland and Louisville are the two I have in writing already, but the others are coming."

All of the offers have come in over the last couple of weeks and the first to extend an offer to Hollimon was Charlie Strong and the Cardinals of Louisville.

Since then, three other programs have told the big-time safety that he has a spot on their team as well.

Louisville having a number of coaches on their staff that have coached at both the University of Florida and the University of Miami helped the Cardinals know all they needed to know about Hollimon.

"Coach Strong knew me from when he was at Florida, but the main coach recruiting me is Coach [Clint] Hurtt and he knew really well from when he coached at Miami. The whole staff likes me though and they want me and my teammate Andrew Johnson up to play corner for them."

That is right, Louisville has offered Hollimon as a corner. All of the other schools are recruiting him to play safety on the next level, but corner is okay with the 6-foot-1, 185 pound athlete.

"I think I can play corner. I have good speed, I can cover wide receivers and I think I could be as good there as I could at safety. I am open to playing either position."

While he is open to playing either position in the defensive backfield, he is open to playing anywhere in the country as well.

Location will not play into his decision and you can tell that by who is currently in his top three.

"Florida and Louisville are my top two and I would put Nebraska third," said the Miami (FL) native. "I have always liked Florida and they are talking to me a lot and I started liking Louisville a few years back when they had Michael Bush at running back. I don't know a lot about Nebraska yet, but I know they have a tough defense and they tell me I will have a good chance of playing early if I go there."

As more offers arrive for the four-star safety out of Southridge, his top group could change. He is looking at each school that looks at him and in the end, he will go where he feels is best suited for him.

"The degree is the most important thing to me and then it is going to be about where I fit in the best. I do not care if I play close to home or not and even though I do want a shot at playing early at the school I go to, that will not be the biggest thing to me either."

"I just want to find the school that I am happy at, fit in at, and can be successful at."

Along with Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Wisconsin are some other schools showing a good bit of interest.

Holliman finished his junior season with 83 tackles and four interceptions. He returned two of those for touchdowns.

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.

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