Chad Simmons

Four-star linebacker Dax Hollifield still favors two, but close is he to a decision?

Four-star 2018 linebacker Dax Hollifield is still eyeing two as he prepares for summer visits. But how far away is a decision?

            Over the past few months, it’s been no secret who Shelby (NC) four-star linebacker Dax Hollifield favors. Just ask him. He isn’t shy about it.

            Virginia Tech and North Carolina remain the two clearly in front for Hollifield. That’s the case even as offers continue to make their way in, from Maryland, Louisville, Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina over the last month to bring his total to 11.

            Hollifield is still considering a host of schools. But he’s also making it well known that any schools will have to clear a big hurdle from the Hokies and Tar Heels.

            “Those are my two favorites,” Hollifield said. “South Carolina, maybe. They’re up there. Those offers really haven’t changed anything, though.

            “It’s just how hard (Virginia Tech and North Carolina) recruit me. They’re making me feel like they want me more than anybody else. I want to go somewhere they want me more than anywhere else. I feel like that’s how they feel about me.”

            Last week, Hollifield made another trip to Blacksburg. This time was to learn even more nuances of the defense.

            “It was just for a day, me and my dad and my defensive coordinator went there to just talk football,” Hollifield said. “We finally got to eat on campus and I’d been wanting to eat there, because everybody says it’s so good. My Defensive coordinator went because we’re gonna run the same defense as Virginia Tech, a 4-2 with a nickel. We wanted to get some stuff on how to cover an out route, cover the edge and get some new blitzes.”

            Hollifield last visited the Hokies in April for a spring practice. He participated in a junior day in February, too, but this trip gave him a more personal experience.

            “It went great,” Hollifield said. “We just talked the whole time. I like talking football. Also, I liked being there without all the crowd. It was nice to finally be there by myself and not everybody out there.”

            Hollifield also talked at length with defensive coordinator Bud Foster. And in multiple ways, Foster has made a strong impact.

            “Coach Foster is a genius,” Hollifield said. “He’s so smart football wise. It’s crazy to me how he thinks of that stuff. He thinks of stuff you don’t think about and it works. You see it on film and it works. I’m not as athletic, so I have to smarter than everybody. You’ve gotta be smarter than everybody.”

            But while Hollifield is set on two at the top, he doesn’t plan on making a decision for quite a while.

            First, there’s a number of visits this summer. Hollifield’s younger brother will be attending a basketball camp next week at North Carolina and Dax plans to hang out for one day. And next Saturday, June 18, Hollifield will be at Georgia. He hopes to also see Alabama and Virginia Tech next month.

            “I really wanna go visit a lot of places this summer and narrow it down to top five next summer,” Hollifield said. “Take official visits my senior year and commit in January or February (2018). If something feels right and I know in my heart where I should go, I’ll talk to my family and decide then.”

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