Holley hopes for a D-1 opportunity

This past season, Orange Coast RB Ray Holley (5-9, 188) put up huge numbers, finishing third in the state with 1,457 yards while leading the state with 18 touchdowns. However, that productivity hasn't resulted in a lot of recruiting attention, but he's hopeful now that he's back at school, someone will take a chance on him...

Holley was a standout prep in California, but didn't get much in the way of recruiting attention so he decided to head to Orange Coast to further his football career.

"Basically they were the only school that was recruiting me," Holley told JCFootball.com. "I wanted to keep playing, so I decided to come here and see what I could do."

Holley is a physically gifted player, posting a 4.46 hand-timed 40 time this summer while also putting up 185 pounds 29 times on the bench.

As a freshman in 2008, Holley was used as a "speed back", getting him in space and allowing him to use his quickness and open field moves to hurt defenses.

"This year they used me in a more traditional role," Holley said. "I feel like I'm pretty well-rounded and that I can be successful running inside or outside. When I get out in space I don't feel like anyone can bring me down with the first tackle, but I also really like running inside where I can hide behind my linemen and grind out the yards that way."

Holley was receiving attention from Idaho State and Kansas, but hasn't heard much in the way since before the holidays.

"Idaho State decided to offer another back from Chaffey (Jahmel Rover) and with Kansas, I'm sure all those coaches got fired when coach (Mark) Mangino left so right now I'm just waiting," Holley said. "When I get back to school I'm going to meet with my coaches and see what is going on with it all. I sent out a bunch of emails to schools all over trying to find out their interest level and stuff like that so I'm still hopeful something happens."

Holley was a full-qualifier out of high school and is ready to sign right now. Wherever he ends up he'll have three years to play two once he signs his letter-of-intent.

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