Holloway ready to start college

After signing his letter of intent last February, Christian Holloway couldn't enroll at SMU in the fall because of a missed paperwork deadline over the summer. But everything has been signed, sealed and delivered and as of today, the first day of spring classes, the defensive end is walking around the Hilltop as a full-time Mustang.

Christian Holloway is all set up in his dorm room at SMU, ready to start school.

He's been waiting to enroll in classes for quite some time now. After signing his letter of intent to SMU on signing day last year, Holloway was unable to actually become a SMU student in the fall of 2011 because of some miscommunication and a missed paperwork deadline.

Last semester, he just took it easy and stayed at home in Torrance, Calif. (near Los Angeles), working and doing some charity work.

But as of today, he's walking around the Hilltop as a full-time student.

"It's pretty exciting," he said. "I'm here and I'm ready. I'm going to make the best of it and use all of my opportunities. I just want to start playing immediately."

Holloway will major in film and minor and business. He says he wants to get into editing.

"I want to work on music videos," he said.

Holloway was initially recruited by Adrian Klemm. The two-star defensive end admitted that back in December, when June Jones almost left for Arizona State and before Klemm took the job at UCLA, he was pretty confused.

"A lot was going on and I called [Jones] and he said he was going to stay [at SMU] and I called Klemm about UCLA and he said he was staying [at SMU] and then he ended up leaving," Holloway said.

If Jones had gone to ASU, Holloway said he would have followed.

"He said he was going to take me to ASU with them," Holloway said. "I thought that was pretty cool."

But when Klemm left, Holloway said he briefly lost contact with SMU.

"There was a bit of a dead period," he said.

Once everything settled down, defensive coordinator Tom Mason got in touch with Holloway and the two have been talking.

"When he first called, he said, ‘I'm here and I'm the defensive coordinator and I want you to come to SMU,'" Holloway recalled. "They really wanted me."

Although Holloway has been committed to SMU for almost a year, he says when schools found out he was still at home this past December, a few called him up and tried to sway his commitment.

He said New Mexico, New Mexico State and Washington University showed interest, and also mentioned he probably would have gone to UCLA over SMU, but he was a couple credits short.

But now Holloway is at SMU and just excited to get things going. He's been away from football for a while.

He said spring is important for him because it'll give him a chance to get ahead. He wants to start.

"[The coaches] didn't say start, they just said playing-wise, I'd play for sure this year," said Holloway, who stands at 6-foot-5, 225 lbs.. "But I want to start. That's my goal."

With coaches on the road and doing last minute in-home recruiting visits this week, Holloway hasn't seen Jones or Mason since getting to Dallas on Friday. All he knows is that spring ball starts around April and he's taking his physical today (Tuesday) so he can start working out.

"I really don't know what I'm getting myself into," Holloway said.

Holloway has met a few players and knows the ones who hail from California like Dontae Levingston (who is actually transferring) and Conner Preston.

"I know Conner pretty well, we went to rival high schools," Holloway said.

Asked if, while a defensive lineman at Bishop Montgomery High School, he ever got to sack Preston while he was the quarterback at Junipero Serra, Holloway laughed and said, "No, they were really, really, really good and…we were bad."

A few scouts have said that people will be really surprised when they see Holloway in person.

"They'll be shocked how big he is," one scout said.


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