Previously making his way to Ann Arbor to participate in the Michigan football camp in June, 2016 Woodward Academy (Ga.) four-star running back Elijah Holyfield was back checking out the Wolverines Sunday for their annual barbecue.
“I came up with my mom and step dad and I had a really good time,” Holyfield said. “We all had good talks with the coaches and all had a good time.”
With nearly perfect weather, some food and a jam packed schedule throughout the day checking out as much of Michigan’s campus as possible, Holyfield says one aspect of the visit stood out more than anything else.
“Probably the interaction with the coaching staff, getting a chance to talk to all of them,” Holyfield said. “I talked to Coach Hoke for a long time and stuff like that so it was really cool.
“The race was really cool also and getting a chance to talk to some of the recruits, that was fun too. Everything was nice but those were a couple of the things that stood out.”
Spending a significant amount of time with 2016 Michigan quarterback commitment Messiah deWeaver and wide receiver recruit Austin Mack, Holyfield believes the Wolverines made enough of an impression to vault into serious contention in his recruitment.
“Michigan, whenever I do come out with a top list, they’ll definitely be in there somewhere,” Holyfield said. “I’m very interested.”
“I’m not sure when I’ll have time (to narrow it down) but when I do they’ll definitely be in there,” he added.
While Holyfield says he won’t take anymore visits this summer in order to focus on camp and getting ready for his junior season, the four-star recruit does plan on making a return trip to Ann Arbor this fall.
“I plan on coming for a Michigan game,” he said.
With offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier hoping to bring a power running game with him to Michigan, Holyfield believes he’s a perfect fit at 5-foot-11, 190-pounds.
“It’s not a pretty sight,” Holyfield said laughing. “I’m a downhill runner and I think I really fit in the Michigan offense when I talked to Coach Nussmeier.
“I’m a downhill runner with really good speed and this year I’ll be used a lot more out of the backfield with a chance to get in open space against defenders.”
Holyfield says he could narrow his list of schools down toward the end of fall, also noting distance from home won’t be a “really big issue.”