“He’ll do what Seth (Strickland) is doing in helping in the video department. In the spring, hopefully he’ll get into grad school and be a G.A,” Ward said.
The linebacker suffered a neck injury related to a spinal problem that kept him out half of his rookie season a year ago. It left him with a life-altering decision to not return to his NFL-career.
Instead, DeVonte’ Holloman will join the elite Gamecock staff and begin his new journey on the other side of the turf. Playing in 51 games, making 35 career starts and notching 207 career stops, the garnet-and-black all-star is back.
From Charlotte, N.C., the defensive leader graduated from South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, S.C. December 2008, the same high school that has produced Gamecocks Landon Ard and Gerald Dixon. He helped take his team to win the South Carolina AAAA Division II title his senior season with a perfect 15-0 record.
A four-star prospect by Scout, the Rock Hill-native was listed as the nation’s sixth-best outside linebacker. Holloman took his talents to the Under Armour High School All-American Game in Orlando and named South Carolina his school over Clemson, North Carolina, LSU, and Tennessee.
Entering his freshman year with Carolina, Holloman enrolled in January of 2009, taking part in spring drills. He was one of three scholarship recruits to graduate early and enroll in at the start of the new year, sharing the spot with Stephon Gilmore and Jarvis Giles.
In 2009, the South Point-alum played in 13 games, making a pair of starts, and notched 30 tackles. Holloman’s sophomore year posed with some new playing time and more experience on the field. Playing in all 14 games, he made his start in 10 at strong safety. In 2010, he made 69 tackles to finish third on the team.
2011 gave the then junior Holloman a chance to start at the spur position but was moved back to strong safety after two games, and he finished out fourth on the team with 51 tackles. Senior year, the North Carolina-native was moved to the spur position and started every game in the 2012 season.
After college, a realm of new beginnings opened of for the Gamecock-alum.
Holloman was invited to the NFL combine and drafted in 2013 as the Dallas Cowboys first SEC pick, setting at slot 185 in round six.
GamecockPride.com will keep you updated on Holloman and his journey with the Gamecocks.