With an MVP award last weekend at the Michigan Elite Camp, Clarkston (Mich.) wide receiver Shane Holler is hoping that performance propels him into a good summer.
"I believe it was great and I thought it helped me a lot with getting my name out there more because I'm kind of under the radar right now," Holler said. "Being at that event with over 200 athletes there and colleges there, that helped."
Time will tell what comes for Holler, but after his showing last weekend, he heard from Division 2 schools Saginaw Valley State, Wayne State and Grand Valley.
The 5-foot-11, 182-pound rising senior had an enjoyable junior campaign, which was capped with Clarkston's first state title – and touchdown in the first half.
"It was something that I'm never going to forget," he said. "It was the first title in Clarkston history and scoring in that game with 13 seconds left in the half, in the hurry up offense … I got one or two steps on my defender and he hit me right on the money."
Since then, Holler has been hard at work looking to improve his game with a personal trainer at Athlete's Edge and working with Michigan Elite in his first season of 7 on 7.
"He does speed and agility training, so I've been working out there," he said. "I've been training wide receiver skills stuff with Michigan Elite and 7 on 7. We've gone to some 7 on 7 tournaments as well."
He has had some communication with colleges, hearing the most from in-state MAC school Eastern Michigan.
"I have a good relationship with Eastern and their receivers coach, Coach (Herb) Haygood," he said. "I have been talking with them for a while. I actually have been up there for a couple practices.
"I went up to Toledo and went up and watched one of their spring practices and have a pretty good relationship with Coach (Derek) Sage. Bowling Green, I've been talking with them for a while and I think they are coming to watch us throw soon."
Eastern Michigan has told him he is near the top of their board for wide receivers, so he plans to camp there this summer in hopes of earning an offer, as well as stopping at some Big Ten schools.