2018 Target: Dax Hollifield

SHELBY, N.C. --- Although just a freshman, Dax Hollifield holds scholarship offers from three ACC schools. North Carolina, where he has a unique connection, is among the programs to offer the 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker from Shelby High.

Scouting Report

“Dax has what all college coaches are looking for,” Shelby head coach Lance Ware said. “He’s smart. He never takes plays off. He’s physical. He’s a 4.0 student. The genes are there; his dad having played at Wake Forest. He’s very mature for his age – physically and mentally. His mentality is nobody is going to out-work him. He’s a very humble kid – even with all the attention he’s getting.”

Prep Career

Hollifield led Shelby in tackles with 112 stops as the Golden Lions claimed their second consecutive NCHSAA 2A Championship this past season. Among his tackles were 17 for a loss and 6.0 sacks.

Hollifield mans the middle linebacker position within Shelby’s 4-3 defensive scheme.


Within the two weeks before the 2015 class was finalized on Feb. 4, Hollifield had received scholarship offers from three ACC schools – Clemson, North Carolina, and NC State.

“It was fast,” Hollifield said. “It happened all so fast. But it’s been fun. It’s different, because I’ve been waiting my whole life for this to happen and it’s finally here.”

A week before Signing Day 2015, UNC offered when Larry Fedora and area recruiter Seth Littrell made an evaluation visit to Shelby.

“They said he’s obviously a tremendous football player as a freshman and they see even more potential there for him to grow and to get better,” Ware said. “Him being a freshman, they said this is not something that happens often. But with the attention he’s getting, they don’t want to be left behind – they want to be right in the mix when it comes time for him to make a decision three years from now.”

Hollifield considers the three aforementioned schools as his early favorites.

“They were the first schools to take a chance,” Hollifield said. “That’s really the only reason [they are sticking out] – they are the first schools.”

Hollifield does have a connection to UNC. His father, Aubrey – an assistant football coach at Shelby as well as the school’s head basketball coach – played football at Wake Forest with Gunter Brewer, the Tar Heels’ wide receivers coach.

“I know [Brewer] a little bit,” Hollifield said. “I don’t know him really, really well. But I know who he is and I speak to him when I see him. I think he was a senior when my dad was a freshman.”

In addition to his three offering schools, Hollifield is receiving interest from Louisville, South Carolina, and Wake Forest.

Back in October, Hollifield visited Clemson. More recently – late January to be exact – he attended NC State’s Junior Day. He plans to visit Clemson, Louisville, UNC, NC State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest sometime in the coming months.

Extra Notes

Since his father played at Wake Forest, Hollifield grew up a Demon Deacon fan. However, Hollifield’s mother went to UNC and he describes her side of the field as “diehard Carolina fans.” Furthermore, Hollifield’s mother’s side “all went crazy when I got offered by them.”… Outside of football, Hollifield is a member of Shelby’s basketball, baseball, and spring track teams. He considers basketball his favorite sport.

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