Holyfield adds Notre Dame

The son of former World Champion boxer Evander Holyfield recently added an offer from Notre Dame. The 2016 running back of College Park (Ga.) Woodward Academy gives his thoughts on the Irish.

In Brian's Kelly's press conference with the media on Tuesday, the Irish head coach was asked about the recent trend of kids with fathers as former pro athletes attending Notre Dame and playing football.

Kelly responded: In keeping with the theme, that evening Notre Dame extended an offer to 2016 three-star running back, Elijah Holyfield, son of former World Champion boxer Evander Holyfield.

"I started talking with the Notre Dame coaches a couple of weeks ago," Holyfield said. "They watched my tape and liked it, so they just had to look at my transcripts. After that, I was offered. Coach (Scott) Booker says that I'm an explosive running back who can get downhill quickly. He thinks I would be great for them catching balls out of the backfield, too."

The 5-foot-11, 189-pound back caught Notre Dame's win over Stanford on TV last Saturday, and the Irish's performance left an impression.

"I watched them on TV growing up, but not really closely," Holyfield said. "Now, I definitely will. I watched them play Stanford and thought their offense was impressive against that defense."

"Notre Dame is a really good school, so if I went there, I know I would get a great education."

Holyfield is no stranger to taking visits. Thus far this season he has taken trips to Georgia, Ohio State and Tennessee. Next on his schedule are planned trips to Auburn, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Michigan State.

"I want to see all of the places on my list before I make a decision or anything like that," Holyfield said. "I'm still picking up offers, so it's still early to think about that stuff."

As he does cumulate experiences during the trips he takes and conversations he has with coaches, Holyfield will be observing a few aspects of the schools recruiting him.

"As far as football goes, I want to play for a great team," Holyfield said. "Definitely a place that can help me get to the next level and has a good environment. All of the places I've been to so far have a big time atmosphere, and I'm sure Notre Dame does too."

Holyfield says his father takes a hands-off approach in his recruitment.

"He just tells me to be humble," Holyfield said. "He doesn't really try to tell me what to do too much in that regard."

Holyfield is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 32 running back in the class of 2016.