LB Dax Hollifield of Shelby, NC likes to rush the quarterback. However, he has no interest in rushing to a decision on his college commitment. In fact, while many highly recruited prospects around him are rushing to make a decision before the season, Hollifield is taking the opposite approach. There’s no rush for him since he has his five schools and all are willing to wait.
Hollifield narrowed his list to USC, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Florida State and Stanford earlier in the summer and he will take his official visits to those schools before making his decision, which may not come until the US Army All American Game in January. And despite the various forms of speculation, Hollifield said there is no leader and if he had to, he couldn’t make a decision today.
“I can’t do that right now, I seriously don’t have a clue,” Hollifield said. “It changes every day. I really don’t know. I think I’m going to go with my gut feeling. I’ll take my visits and see how they all go and see which atmosphere I like the best and how it feels the day after the game.”
The only official visit Hollifield has set at this point is to Florida State September 16th for the Miami game. The other dates he is looking at are September 30 at Virginia Tech for the Clemson game, October 6th at North Carolina for the Notre Dame game and November 11th at USC for the Florida game. He also will set a date for a visit to Stanford.
Hollifield said he also will go to the Florida State-Alabama game in Atlanta but is not going to take as many unofficial visits for games as he did last season.
USC, Hollifield said, continues to make a strong push with regular contact from Will Muschamp, recruiter Bobby Bentley and linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler.
“Every time I go down there coach Muschamp always asks me why I’m not committed,” Hollifield said. “He always says this is the place to be if you play linebacker. He actually said that in the media a couple of days ago and he texted me and said that was for me and Channing (Tindall). I want to play early and they meet my criteria for that. That’s the number one factor for me, playing early. And I love the relationship me and coach Hutzler have, and coach Muschamp and coach Bentley.”
Hollifield said he has certainly gotten the message from Muschamp regarding how much he needs him at USC. He said the Gamecocks and Stanford have the greatest need at linebacker compared to the other three on his list. But he said North Carolina, which was his second offer, also is recruiting him hard and has done so since his freshman year. Hollifield said USC, North Carolina and Virginia Tech come across as the three schools needing him the most.
And who was the first team to offer Hollifield? Well, it’s one which did not follow up with great pursuit. Clemson.
“I love Clemson, that’s where I wanted to go after my freshman year after taking an unofficial visit down there and going to their camp,” he said. “They’ve got two commitments in my class and they just don’t have enough spots for me. They are going to have a good recruiting class, though. They are going to be really good. There’s no hard feelings, just didn’t have enough spots. If it’s not meant to me, it’s not meant to be. I have plenty of other options.”
Hollifield, who also plays basketball, is not graduating early so he can play his senior season of basketball as he is closing in on 1000 points in his career.