Holloman discusses official visit to USC

Five-star South Pointe (Rock Hill, SC) safety Devonte Holloman had been committed to the Clemson Tigers since May, but Holloman officially decommitted last Monday when Tommy Bowden resigned. Due to his Clemson commitment, Holloman had never visited South Carolina for a game until Saturday, but he came away very impressed with what the Gamecocks have to offer. Read inside for all the details.

The 6'2", 210-pound Holloman never seriously considered the Gamecocks until recently, and has spent the last few weeks learning as much as possible about the South Carolina program. Feeling it was the best way to learn a lot in a short span of time, Holloman took an official visit Saturday to see the Gamecocks take on the defending national champion LSU Tigers.

"It was pretty good; I got to see what South Carolina was all about," Holloman said. "I got to spend some time with the coaches and see what their plans are for me and how I would fit in."

Holloman was able to spend quality time with three coaches in particular during the visit to Columbia, and said that they were able to answer all of the questions he had.

"I talked to Coach Cooper, Coach Spurrier and Coach Johnson," Holloman said. "(Spurrier) is a good guy. I can't say anything bad about him. I had heard some rumors about him, but they didn't seem to be true. He's all about winning and getting the players to get the school to be [a winner]."

Holloman says he watched the Gamecock defense closely to see if he could fit in the way the coaches described to him.

"They would use me the way they use no. 24 (Darian Stewart) and no. 21 (Emanuel Cook) basically as a safety," Holloman said. "That's something I was really looking forward to hearing."

The talented athlete had never taken in a USC game and came away impressed with the Williams-Brice Stadium game day atmosphere.

"It was good. The fans were into it," Holloman said. "The team played pretty well and the fans were into it. It was pretty exciting."

Up next the versatile five-star prospect will officially visit those same LSU Tigers for their showdown with the Georgia Bulldogs this weekend.

"I just want to see what LSU is all about, spend time with coaches," Holloman said. "[I want to] learn what they have there academically and things like that."

Holloman has also contacted the North Carolina coaching staff about recruiting him again, and hopes to take a visit to Chapel Hill sometime soon as well.

"I have not yet [talked to a coach]," Holloman said. "I got a message that they did get my message and will be contacting me soon."

Holloman says he does not have a leader, but could have one after he takes visits to LSU and UNC. The South Pointe star says he plans to make a commitment sometime following his senior year. Holloman will graduate in December and enroll early at the school of his choice.

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