Walton's Holliday adds bulk to offensive line

Vanderbilt landed only one offensive lineman in the Class of 2004, but he was a big one (literally!). Marietta (Ga.) Walton High School head coach Ed Dudley talks about Hamilton Holliday, the 6-4, 290-pounder who inked with the Commodores on Feb. 4. <i>Third in a series of follow-up reports on National Signing Day.</i>

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Walton High School head coach Ed Dudley:

"Hamilton did a great job for us on both sides of the ball. He's really an offensive lineman, but also filled in a lot on defense. He was at the point of attack for us in the run game a lot. He's got outstanding feet, really moves well for a kid that's 285 or 290 pounds.

"Vanderbilt wanted him for offensive line, and I think they're going to play him at center when he goes there in the fall. I think he's going to be a tremendous player for them. I expect him to play early. In his first couple of years in school, I think he'll be a starter, and here's why-- he's a very big, strong, physical kid who moves well. He's a great athlete in a big body, and I think he can play either center or guard.

"He's 6-foot-4, 290. He bench presses 405 pounds already. He's got really good footwork, even plays recreation league basketball. He jogs. He's just a good all-around athlete. He throws the shot-put and discus for us in track and field.

"He made a very early decision to attend Vanderbilt. He just really, really liked Vanderbilt. He visited and clicked immediately with their offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell. He liked the campus, and academically he liked what they were looking for. It was just a great fit. He committed back in July. I really think he could have played anywhere, in any league, and done very well.

"I think he really wants to be an engineer, and of course Vanderbilt has a top engineering school. He likes to hunt and fish. He likes to listen to country music, so I think Nashville will be a good fit for him in that department, too."


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