Speedster Holloman talks Michigan State visit

Auburn Hills Avondale running back drew attention at camp in the summer with his 40 times and came back to campus to see a practice last week.

Auburn Hills Avondale junior Joshuwa Holloman hasn't been on the summer football camp scene long, but he burst onto it this summer – quite literally.

The speedy running back, who won the Division 1 state title in the 100-meter dash (11.11 seconds) last year, posted multiple 40-yard dash times below 4.4 at Michigan State's camp.

"First time, I ran a 4.38," he said. "My second time, I ran a 4.35 and you are only supposed to run the 40 twice at the Michigan State camp. After that, Coach (Mark) Staten came and grabbed me and he was like, ‘My name is Coach Staten and I'm recruiting your school.' The running backs coach was like, ‘Would you come over here and run your 40 for a third time?'

"I went over there and they told him that I ran a 4.3 and he said, ‘You're not running a 4.3 over here.' They said, ‘Are you going to run it again?' I told them, ‘Sure. Yes, sir.' I went down there and ran my third 40 and ran it and clocked a 4.32."

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back was back on campus in East Lansing last Wednesday to take in a practice.

"It seemed like it was pretty much organized and it seemed pretty efficient," he said. "The players seemed like they really liked it there and it seemed like it would be a really cool place."

He said he spent time watching the running backs and was impressed with the variety of skill sets they presented.

"They had different types of running backs," Holloman said. "They didn't have all the same. It was cool to see that they all fit somewhere. … They all were just amazing backs that went there."

Holloman also went to lunch with the other recruits, players and coaches during his visit.

"After practice, we went to lunch and met with the players," Holloman said. "Coach Salem sat down and talked with me and my family for a good while. That was the last time I had talked to somebody. He asked if I wanted to stay for a meeting, but I had to go."

Holloman, who had 12 touchdowns last season while averaging 8 yards per carry, also camped at Alabama, where he clocked a 4.23 40-yard dash.

He said he is hearing from Michigan State and Alabama, as well as Notre Dame, Ohio State, Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan and Indiana State.


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