Holloman looking around, schedules USC visit

South Pointe (Rock Hill, SC) 5-star safety Devonte Holloman committed to Clemson back in May, but with the Tigers struggling on the field this fall and rumors swirling about potential coaching changes in the upstate of South Carolina, the elite prospect is beginning to look around at some other schools. Read inside as GamecockAnthem.com reports the latest.


Devonte Holloman, who measures in at an athletic 6'2" and 210 pounds, has taken notice of Clemson's underachievement on the field this season, and the strength of his commitment to the Tigers is now in question.

"They're not having the season they expected with the team they have. I'm worried about coaching changes and the situation for me personally," said Holloman. "I'm committed, but I'm looking around."

One school that has continued to recruit Holloman since his pledge to Clemson is in-state rival South Carolina, and the explosive defensive back has scheduled an official visit to USC this weekend to see the Gamecocks' showdown with defending BCS Champion LSU.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what it's like there. It's gonna be an SEC atmosphere against a big opponent. I'm just gonna see what the school has to offer and things like that."

According to Holloman, the play of the Gamecock defense has caught his eye, and he's also enjoyed getting to know USC's defensive coaches.

"They always seem to have a ranked defense. I met Coach (Ron) Cooper and talked to him some, and he told me what he's about. I liked his intensity and his theory of how to play football. I want to get to see more of him and how he is," he said. "Coach Cooper and Coach (Ellis) Johnson are recruiting me for South Carolina. Coach Johnson has continued recruiting me (since my commitment to Clemson). He's not as bad as the Clemson guys say he is. You can't take their word for it. He's a pretty cool guy."

Holloman's South Pointe teammate Charles Holmes is committed to South Carolina, and another friend and teammate Stephon Gilmore, who has narrowed his college choices down to Carolina and Alabama, plans on announcing his commitment this Wednesday. According to Holloman, the possibility to play with them in college is intriguing to him and is another attractive factor about USC.

"It would be cool to play with them. You wouldn't be going into something by yourself. For me, I would have two guys that I know real well. We could hang out together. We're all real cool, and we'd all be going to the same things. We'd probably get to stay together. That would be cool to go through that with them."

Holloman said he is also talking with LSU and Tennessee. He is interested in taking a closer look at North Carolina as well, but has not yet talked with the UNC coaches. Holloman visited Tennessee last month, and he has scheduled a visit to LSU for October 25th.

On the field, Holloman has totaled 44 tackles, 1 interception, and has returned 3 punts for touchdown so far this season while helping lead South Pointe to a perfect 7-0 start.

"It's going great," he said. " It's just like I dreamed and wanted it to go. We're undefeated and playing good. We're all having fun."

Stay tuned to GamecockAnthem.com and Scout.com for all the latest on Holloman.


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