"I'm officially a Tar Heel and everything's all signed up," the standout wide receiver told Inside Carolina this morning. That is a relief to UNC fans and Holley too.
"Now I am ready to go," Holley said. "It's a great feeling and it's even more of a relief too."
Holley, a 6-3 190 pound two sport star from Roselle Abraham Clark (N.J.), is ranked in the top 20 of most recruiting services at his position.
North Carolina coach John Bunting spoke with Holley this morning, as did coach Jiim Fleming.
"They were excited and they said, ‘Let's get it on,'" said Holley. "Coach Flem is amazing. He is persistent. He was either here or made phone calls every week. He was also patient and he never pressured me. Then, on the recruiting trip, they pulled out the red carpet for me."
However, the UNC assist has to go to former basketball coach Dean Smith, who sat down with Holley, who also wants to play basketball for the Tar Heels, and talked for more than an hour.
"We talked about life and school – just everything," Holley said of his chat with the coaching legend. "Not one time did he make it seem as though … I mean I know he is pro-Carolina – but he never bad-talked anyone else. He told me I had to go where I felt I belonged."
It has been a busy year for Holley on the gridiron and the basketball court.
He finished his football career as the school's all-time leader in receptions (106), receiving yards (1,449) and touchdown catches (27). Meanwhile, he is averaging 20 points per game in basketball and has his team off to a 12-1 start this season. He also recently broke the school scoring record.
"I am trying to help get us back to the playoffs and maybe win a state title," Holley said. "It's been a good year for me."