2012 Intro: Tysean Holloway

ASHEVILLE, N.C. --- Tysean Holloway has apparently found a home at running back.

Prior to his sophomore season, Holloway transferred to Asheville High School from cross-town rival T.C. Roberson High School. At Roberson, the 5-foot-11, 176-pounder was a quarterback. Since Asheville was returning a senior quarterback, he was moved to running back for the season.

"[The transition to running back] was pretty easy, because I've always been a Michael Vick-type quarterback," Holloway said.

It was so easy that Holloway rushed for over 1,500 yards and 24 touchdowns.

"He's a good-sized, strong guy," Asheville head coach Danny Wilkins said. "[He has] a lot of tools, he goes hard, and he's tough."

The following off-season, Holloway competed with Deveron Roberts for the vacant quarterback job.

"He transferred over here with some quarterback background," Wilkins said. "… He has all the tools to be a quarterback. But halfway through the summer, we just felt like we seemed to function better as an offensive unit with [Roberts] at quarterback and him at tailback." The move resulted in Holloway rushing 1,894 yards and 23 touchdowns with Asheville posting a 10-3 record and reaching the third round of the NCHSAA 3A playoffs.

Additionally, the move has helped improve Holloway's recruiting stock. He has collected verbal scholarship offers from Georgia Tech and North Carolina, and significant interest from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Nebraska, NC State, Oregon, Stanford, Texas A&M, and Virginia.

Most schools are recruiting Holloway as a running back. The two main exceptions are Georgia Tech, which likes him as a quarterback in its triple-option offense, and UNC, which is primarily recruiting him as a safety. But the Tar Heels coaching staff hasn't ruled out the possibility of him playing running back.

"I talked to Coach [Ken] Browning at the coaching clinic in Greensboro," Wilkins said. "… He wants to sit and watch film with Tysean at some point. They think that maybe he could be a running back down there."

Wilkins camped at UNC last summer where he worked out at quarterback, running back, and wide receiver. However, it was during "League Games" (a fast-paced form of two-hand touch football) that the staff labeled him a safety.

"During the games with the other prospects, they liked my field presence and vision and range," Holloway said.

Holloway prefers to stay on the offensive side of the ball.

"But, if it comes down to I have to play defense, then I don't mind playing defense," Holloway said. "I'll do my best wherever."

Wilkins isn't sure where Holloway fits best.

"I think he goes in as an athlete and then [the college coaches] will have to decide," Wilkins said. "… It's up to the needs and evaluations of the collegiate staff."

Holloway returned to UNC for the football game against Georgia Tech. He has also made visits to Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and NC State.

This coming Saturday, Holloway will be back in Chapel Hill for UNC's Junior Day. He also has visits to Clemson (March 13), Duke, and Georgia Tech upcoming.

Holloway's early top four schools are Florida State, UNC, Oregon, and Stanford.

"I want to stay home, but then again my heart is telling me ‘You don't want to stay around North Carolina your whole life,'" Holloway said. "If I stay home, it will probably be North Carolina, because I like the campus and the coaches.

"If I went to Stanford and graduated, if football didn't work out, just getting a degree from Stanford would be a guaranteed manager spot of wherever I wanted to work. That's a pretty big thing to have on your resume – ‘I graduated from Stanford.'

"With Oregon, I feel like if you look good, you feel good, you play good. I know it rains a lot but I'll get used to that."

Holloway doesn't plan on making a verbal commitment until at least taking his official visits.


Video provided by Jason Pughe of AthleteVault.com.

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