Holloman Looking Hard at Heels

Devonte Holloman had a lengthy phone conversation with North Carolina coaches John Blake and Butch Davis on Monday evening.

"They said they are looking at me as a safety; they don't need any more linebackers," Holloman said. "I heard that from Butch Davis himself.

"He just likes me at safety. He mentioned a couple of his safeties and the things they could do – run around and make plays."

Holloman, a 6-foot-3, 210-pounder from Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe, desires to play safety in college, but his size and speed have created whispers about a move to linebacker on the next level.

"It's not that I don't want to play [any position besides safety], I just want a shot to play [safety]," Holloman said. "I don't want to be immediately moved to linebacker. I mean, if it happens, it happens."

At nationally ranked South Pointe, Holloman plays both safety and wide receiver. In ten games, Holloman has intercepted two passes and accumulated 71 tackles.

After de-committing from Clemson a month ago, Holloman began reconsidering UNC, a school that pursued him before he pledged to the Tigers.

"The coaches and the things they got going on down there [have me interested in UNC]," Holloman said. "They were always one of my top choices. Now that I'm really looking into it, it's not far from home and they just got a lot of good things going on."

After several attempts by Holloman to communicate with UNC were unsuccessful, Bobby Carroll, South Pointe's head football coach, was able to reunite Holloman with the UNC coaching staff.

Since that point, Holloman and Blake have kept in frequent contact.

"[We discuss] just the defense and the things they've got going on – the young D-line," Holloman said. "The secondary is the need this year."

When Holloman verbally committed to Clemson in mid-May, UNC had secured ten verbal commitments (12 including the previous class' non-qualifiers A.J. Blue and Kevin Reddick) – none from safety prospects. Since then, UNC has added seven additional pledges including one from a projected safety.

Regardless, Holloman says he has been informed that his UNC scholarship offer, which was originally extended during his junior season, is still valid.

Holloman recently narrowed his list of options down to LSU, UNC, and South Carolina. He has already officially visited the two aforementioned SEC schools, as well as Tennessee, and is scheduled to take an official trip to UNC during the weekend of Nov. 22, when the Tar Heels host NC State.

Holloman said he hasn't visited Chapel Hill since attending the UNC-Maryland basketball game in January.

After his senior football season, Holloman plans to make his collegiate decision.

"I'm looking at the big picture for me," Holloman said. "I'm looking for a good situation for me -- school-wise and football-wise."

Holloman said he will enroll at the school he chooses in January.

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