Irish visit 4-star back

Irish assistant Scott Booker spent time on Friday at Woodward Academy checking on two top Notre Dame prospects. One of those was junior running back Elijah Holyfield, son of former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.

With the recruiting class of 2015 nearing completion, the Notre Dame coaching staff has spent a lot of time on the road. Tight ends coach Scott Booker was in Georgia on Friday and made a stop at Woodward Academy in College Park to see two top prospects.

Booker first checked on senior safety Arrington Farrar, a former Stanford commitment that Notre Dame wants in South Bend. He also inquired about four-star junior running back Elijah Holyfield.

“He was in on Friday,” said Holyfield, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound son of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield. “They want me to come up and visit.”

Holyfield hopes to accept that invitation to visit South Bend. To make it a reality he’s going to lean on Booker for support.

“I want to go up there probably in the spring,” he said. “I think I’m going to have coach Booker talk to my parents to plan that.”

Wisconsin also visited Friday and Holyfield expects to see more colleges come by in the near future.

Florida offered about a week ago, pushing Holyfield’s total to 32.

He’s hoping to see several schools in the near future so he can begin the process of choosing a college.

“I’m just trying to plan them all and get them early so I can begin to narrow it down,” he said. “This winter I’m probably going to go to some places closer to me so we can drive. then later in the spring and stuff I can fly to some places.”

Holyfield, who said he remains open to any school that offers, carried 264 times for 1,735 yards and ran for 25 touchdowns as a junior. He also caught 27 passes for 289 yards and scored three times and returned eight kickoffs for 351 yards.

He’s being recruited as a running back and kick returner.

Woodward Academy has prepared Holyfield to play in multiple offensive sets in the future.

“We run a little bit of a multiple offense,” he said. “We run pretty much everything. We run some zone out of the shotgun and the stretch out of the I. We do a lot of different stuff.”

Holyfield played in the 2014 Georgia Rising Seniors All-Star Game, where he carried 26 times for 100 yards and scored three touchdowns. He plans to participate in one of the Nike Football Training Camps this spring.

Scout.com ranks him as the 32nd best running back prospect in the class of 2016.


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