Another Holliman is on his way

Matt Holliman (Middle Inf, Germantown, TN) - One of the top prospects throughout the country recently committed to the University of Mississippi. The name Holliman should be no stranger to the Ole Miss family, as his older brother Mark Holliman, was a 3 Time All-SEC pitcher for the Rebels the last three years. Mark was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 3rd round this summer and is expected to sign soon.

But Matt carries much more than his last name, as Matthew (the name he goes by from his immediate family), led the state of Tennessee in hitting the past two seasons. He also led his District in HR's the past two years.

The accolades do not stop there, as Holliman has made it to the World Series in all five years he has been playing competitive ball. Matt was named to the All-Tournament Team in the World Series in all five years, and he was named the MVP of the World Series the last two seasons.

Holliman was also selected to the prestigious USA Baseball Tournament of Stars in Joplin (MO) this summer. The Rebels also sent current commit Jamie Johnson (OF) and signee Cullan Kight (3B/RHP) to the Joplin games.

Matt batted nearly .400 in the Wooden Bat Showcase Tournament. Matt had one of the Top 3 batting averages out of all of the participates.

For those that are not familiar with the Joplin Games, this is a Showcase Tournament where they invite the Top 120 prospects in the country to play against each other in a round robin tournament.

Player Profile

Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 160
Position: SS/2B
60 Yard Dash: 6.87 (Joplin Games)
Throws: Right
Bats: Left
Grades: Qualified

From: Germantown, TN
High School: Germantown (5A)

The following information was revealed during our interview with Matt Holliman :

What are your strengths on the field? "Probably my speed. I have a lot of range. My hands are pretty quick, and I have good baseball instincts."

What are your strengths at the plate? "Power, really. I hit it to the opposite field for power, and I have a high on base percentage too."

What were your stats as a sophomore? "I led the state in hitting that year, and this year too. My sophomore year, I hit .518 with 7 Hr's"

Any awards? "I was named All-District, All-Shelby Metro, and All-Region. I was the USSA World Series MVP and the CABA World Series MVP."

Stats from your junior season? "I hit .567 in 37 games. I had 97 at bats and had 53 hits. I had 7 doubles, 7 Hr's, 38 RBI's, 13 walks, and 12 stolen bases."

Awards? "I made All-Shelby Metro, District, and Region."

The following information was revealed during our interview with Mark Holliman, Matt's father:

Who were the main schools that were involved with Matt's recruitment? "He was offered by numerous SEC and outside of the conference programs, but the final four schools were Ole Miss, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi State. Ole Miss simply did not take Matthew for granted, as they proved they wanted him the most. They offered Matthew in January of '05 and have been really recruiting him hard since his sophomore year. They made a very nice scholarship offer to Matthew.To give you an example, when Ole Miss played at Tennessee this year. Their coaches rented a car and drove from Knoxville to Chattanooga that afternoon to see him play. After the game was over, they drove right back up to Knoxville to make their 7:00 pm game. Actually, they did not miss one tournament game Matthew played in all year, not one. Dan McDonnell was there every time."

Who came in second place? "Well, out of Arkansas, Tennessee, and MSU, of those three, we thought Arkansas was the next strongest. We did not know a lot about Arkansas until recently. They have a really good program going on right now. Tennessee's head coach, Ron Delmonaco, has a son that is Matthew's age. He plays short stop for Knoxville High. Ron's son is considered one of the top short stop prospects, if not the top short stop prospect, in the country. We were really intrigued with Matthew playing with Ron's son and forming one of the best middle infields in the country. Tennessee is losing their 2B this year, so there was an opening for Matthew to step right in at 2B. But, Ron's son decided to get his GED and graduate a year early, so that threw a winkle in those plans."

What about Matthew having the chance to play with Zach Cozart? "When we were talking about the prospects of going to Tennessee, Ron's son and Matthew were going to be freshmen together. But when he left early, it threw everything out the door. But to answer your question, yes, we think Zach and Matthew would make an every better combo but they will only be playing together for one year. With Mississippi State, we were told by several people who went there and people in the business, that MSU needed a short stop in the worst way. That takes me back full circle back to Ole Miss. They have a first year short stop who will be a preseason All-American. It made it difficult for Matthew because they have so much talent in the middle infield. They have Zach Miller and Justin Henry who are 2B candidates and they have Cozart coming back at SS. That is why we we had to look at the other opportunities for him to play the middle infield positions from the other schools. Matthew knew how deep Ole Miss was in the middle infield. But, he knew how bad Ole Miss wanted him by the way they recruited him and the scholarship offer they gave him. We know Coaches Bianco, Lake, and McDonnell so well because of Mark having played there the last three years. They are great coaches, and in the end, it boiled down to their staff and our confidence in them to get Matthew to the next level."

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