Bounceback From MAC Loves the South

Long Beach (Calif.) City College receiver Ben Hollaway (5-11, 180) has come a long way from Detroit.  After graduating from Southfield-Lathrup High in 2003, Hollaway ended up at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia, hoping to earn a D-I scholarship.

After one year at Hargrave, Hollaway received that opportunity when Central Michigan offered him a scholarship, which he accepted, and he ended up in Mount Pleasant. 

But after redshirting in 2004, Hollaway left CMU and ended up on the west coast, playing at Long Beach City College.

"A guy (CB Rashon Brooks) from Long Beach came to Central Michigan and told me about it so I came out to Long Beach to play," said Hollaway.

After having been through the recruiting process once, Hollaway is set to go through it a second time.

"I don't have any offers that I know of," said Hollaway.  "A lot of MAC schools are interested, UConn, Oregon State, UNLV and San Diego State.  I haven't really sent my tape out so I haven't gotten as much response."

Hollaway said that there is one school in particular he'd like to hear more from.  "Miami was my favorite school growing up, and they're my top school.  I'd say UNLV and San Diego State is next.  I want to get back to the ACC since I was out there at Hargrave.  I don't really want to go back to the MAC."

His first year back playing was a productive year for Hollaway.  He had 42 catches for 736 yards and scored six touchdowns. 

"I'm concentrating on trying to get to the NFL, so I'm ready for a big year," said Hollaway.

Hollaway will graduate in December with his A.A. and be eligible to play beginning in 2007, while being able to participate in Spring Practice next spring wherever he signs.

"I have two years to play two, so I'm going to be ready to play when I sign and not redshirt.  I'm not going to get caught up in the glamour, I want to play," said Hollaway.

Blessed with great speed, Hollaway clocked a 4.28 forty in high school at the Hargrave Military Academy combine.  The forty was hand-timed.


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