WR Jamere Holland: Speed is His Game

When you combine the words speed and football in the same sentence, one high school senior automatically comes to mind - Jamere Holland, he of the 10.38 second 100 meters. Although any school would love to sign a wide receiver with that kind of acceleration, there is one that definitely has a need for speed - Mississippi State.

And Mississippi State is one of many schools that have offered Jamere Holland a scholarship.

"I have offers from Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, LSU, Washington, Washington State, Arizona State, Ohio State, Oklahoma.....that's all that I know of as of right now," said the quiet-spoken youngster who is ranked the 78th best player and 12th best wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com.

While he's received numerous offers, he's only received two recruiting calls that he knows of.

"USC and Arizona have called me, so far," said Jamere, who plays for William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California. "Those are the ones that I have talked with."

When asked if he has grown up a fan of any school, he admitted that, "I've grown up a fan of USC. They sort of lead."

However, as of now, they have called, but haven't extended a scholarship offer.

Since mine is a Mississippi State site, I asked Jamere if he has any interest in State.

"Yes, I do," he quickly said. "I like them because they gave me an offer."

Considering Mississippi State's need for wide receivers with track sprinter's speed, that's good news for Bulldog fans.

Speaking of track, during last year's California State Meet, Jamere won both the 100 meters and 200 meters events with sprints of 10.38 and 20.88. Both times were the 5th fastest in the nation last year. That makes you wonder if track is also a possibility on the collegiate level.

"I haven't thought about track because I was just focused on football," said the speedster, who has also run the 100 meters in 10.40, 10.42 and 10.48 seconds. "At least, not for college."

Would he like to participate in both sports in college if given the opportunity?

"Yes, I would," said Jamere, who has recorded a 4.35 in the 40 yard dash. "But I don't think any school is recruiting me for both sports."

With an outstanding track program and a need for wide receivers with deep threat speed, Mississippi State may just be the school that will give him that opportunity. If so, will that be enough to get them on his short list? Keep it right here to find out.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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