Earlier on in the recruiting process, NC State looked like a slam dunk choice for OL Maurice Holloway from Lake Highland Prep in Orlando, Fla. The Pack was the first school to offer the mammoth, 6-7, 320-pound lineman a scholarship and had worked their way to the top of his favorite's list. However, as is usually the case in Florida, it didn't take long for the word to get out about the three-star prospect and now the Wolfpack finds itself in a heated battle for his commitment.
Although his Lake Highland squad has limped to an early 0-5 record, Holloway said his team has faced a daunting schedule.
"We haven't done as well as we would've liked but we've played like the No. 2 schedule in the state," he said.
On the recruiting side, Holloway has picked up scholarship offers from South Carolina, Auburn, Florida Atlantic, Illinois and Indiana in addition to NC State. However, it's the Florida Gators that will pose the stiffest challenge for recruiting coach Dwayne Dixon and the Wolfpack.
"Right now, it's a tie between Florida and NC State," said Holloway. "Florida is probably recruiting me the hardest and I think they're close to offering me a scholarship."
Holloway talked about the two teams at the top of his list.
Florida: "Florida's playing real good ball right now," he said. "They've got some big play guys that are pretty young so I know when I came in, I'd be playing with a good group. Also, it's close to home so my family wouldn't have any problem coming to see me play."
NC State: "With State, Chuck Amato is a good coach. They just had three defensive linemen drafted in the first round. The main thing is they need offensive linemen and I'd have a chance to come in and play early and show what I can do. Coach Dixon was just down here Friday night and I get along really well with him."
Holloway said he's waiting on the clearinghouse to see where he stands academically and after that, will begin to schedule his official visits. He named the top five schools he'd consider giving those visits to.
"Right now it's Florida State, NC State, Florida, South Carolina and Auburn."