'09 Premier Prospect: S DeVonte Holloman

Pack Pride continues it's look at some of the Wolfpack's top targets for the class of 2009. Today we focus on 4-star safety DeVonte Holloman.

S DeVonte Holloman

6-2, 210 pounds

Independence High School, Charlotte, NC

Junior Stats: Holloman spent some time at QB in 2007 which lowered his defensive stats but he still managed to tally better than 50 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles

Ranking: Holloman is currently rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 2 safety in the nation by Scout.com. He will likely be ranked as one of North Carolina’s top three or four players for the class of 2009

The early word: Independence High School seems to have a player rated in the top 15 every year and that will certainly be he case this season. Holloman is an outstanding play-maker on defense who also stepped in at QB last year when needed. He has very good size and is currently listed as a safety although we think it’s certainly possible he could end up at LB down the road should he continue to grow. Holloman has emerged as one of North Carolina’s most heavily recruited prospects.

Scholarship offers: NC State, UNC, Clemson, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Tennessee, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Illinois

Top Schools: Holloman is not currently listing any top schools publically

Timeline for a decision: He plans to take some of his official visits before making a decision it will most likely be later in the year

Interesting side-note: Holloman has said he would like to major in computer engineering

NC State recruiting coach: NC State tight end’s coach Jim Bridge

NC State connections: Georgia was actually the first school to offer but NC State was close behind. Recruiting coach Jim Bridge had success last year at Independence by landing Mario Carter and Indy head coach Tom Knotts seems to be very fond of the current Wolfpack coaching staff.

Behind the scenes: As the offers have mounted for Holloman, the constant since day one has been Clemson. While he doesn’t publically list them as his top school currently, many feel that the Tigers are quietly the school to beat. UNC is another school that seems to be positioned well with the Wolfpack right there with them. NC State will need to sale their academics and really push for multiple visits over the summer to have a shot.

Wolfpack Visits: Holloman visited last year for the Clemson game and will certainly push for him to return to a game in 2008. He was scheduled to attend junior day this past weekend and that would have been big for State but he went to a Rivals.com function instead. However, it is likely that State will get him back on campus sometime before spring practice ends.

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