April Showers Bring May Offers

The South was hit with a torrential tear of downpours this spring, and while conventional wisdom says that flora often follow, Marietta (GA) offensive lineman Hamilton "Hambone" Holliday found a series of scholarship offers sprouting around him. Others are budding still and could bloom in a matter of days...

We last reported to you on Hamilton Holliday one month ago, and predicted that his recruiting profile would flourish.  Indeed it has, as the Marietta offensive lineman has added a handful of offers from the a variety of conferences.  And more may be just days away.

Clemson was the first to jump on board, offering a full football scholarship and a lot of enthusiasm for the Walton High School rising senior.  The good word came straight from head coach Tommy Bowden over the phone in the middle of May.  Holliday is intrigued but needs to take a closer look.  "My grandfather went to Clemson," the Georgia recruit discloses.  "I want to see [Clemson] and get to know everybody.  Clemson is one of those football factory schools, and I think I need to see what they're all about."

A number of schools indicated that scholarships would soon follow, though the trio that have thus far given a firm offer includes Louisville, Indiana and Middle Tennessee State.

Despite the obvious desire indicated by these four schools, Holliday maintains that he has a list of three other schools he calls his favorites.  "Right now I'd say that Stanford, North Carolina and Auburn are my three top schools," he proclaims.

And one of those schools is expected to take the plunge next weekend when the Walton lineman takes an unofficial visit.  Holliday and his father, Roger, will make a whirlwind tour of schools in the region next week as they hit Duke next Thursday morning, Clemson that afternoon and following morning on Friday, North Carolina Friday and Saturday and then finally Vanderbilt on Sunday.  The trip to Duke will just be informational, while he will partake in the (mini-)camps of Clemson, UNC and Vanderbilt.

Duke and North Carolina have both indicated to Holliday through his high school coach that they are about to offer, and the Georgia standout expects both will do so while they have him on campus this weekend.  "I'm anticipating both will offer," he says.  "Both are very interested and both have very nice schools."  North Carolina State has also indicated they will offer Holliday soon.

That mad dash to South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee will not end the June travel schedule for the Marietta young man, though.  He will take a family vacation to the San Francisco Bay Area later this month that will center around an unofficial visit to Stanford on June 24.  That timeframe coincides with a camp on The Farm, but will Holliday suit up and get dirty?  "My dad has talked with Coach David Kelly and was told that I don't need to camp.  They already know how good I am," the younger Holliday answers.  "I probably won't camp - just meet coaches and players and see the campus."

If the trip across the country is not a strong enough indication of the Georgia lineman's interest in the Cardinal, he shares more information about his activities and interactions over the past month:

"I talked with [head coach] Buddy Teevens in May and he told me that he wants good guys who want to play in the NFL and want to excel academically.  He wants good all-around people," Holliday reports.  "He said he's looking forward to my visit and I'm looking forward to it as well."

Hambone also spent a feverish stretch of time last month filling out and then completing the Stanford admissions application.  "Coach Kelly told us the quicker you get admitted the quicker we can make a decision on you," the interior linemen explains.  And so he finished all the essays and personal information, putting the completed application out the door via overnight mail on May 21.  "It was pretty intense.  I would come home and work hard on it every night.  I'm glad to have it done."

One final planned visit this summer will be to Auburn, where Holliday will attend a mini-camp in July.

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