Elijah Holyfield is the son of boxing royalty, but the Woodward Academy (Atlanta, Ga.) sophomore standout is set to make a name for himself as a national college football prospect.
The 5'11", 190-pound running back and linebacker revealed Michigan and Georgia has his favorite programs during a discussion with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Michael Carvell. The son of Evander Holyfield, the only four-time World Heavyweight Champion, admits he was ingrained with Bulldog pride during his childhood.
"I love Georgia," Holyfield told Carvell. "My whole family has always liked Georgia since I was real young and they always put out good running backs."
Although he is in the early stages of his recruitment process and still searching for a scholarship offer, Holyfield has the size and skill set to earn considerable collegiate interest.
"He's going to be a big power back," Woodward assistant coach Matt Brennan told Carvell. "I definitely think all the SEC schools are going to come take a look him. He'll be an excellent recruit for sure."
Holyfield took on a substantial role as a freshman last season at Riverside Military Academy. He rushed for 645 yards and 10 touchdowns on 66 carries, according to MaxPreps.
As a first-year high school linebacker, Holyfield tallied 78 total tackles and four sacks.
He transferred to Woodard prior to his sophomore season and has already settled in as a key component of the War Eagles' offensive backfield. Through six games, Holyfield is second on the team with 53 carries for 328 yards and two touchdowns, per MaxPreps.
He opened his sophomore season with a sensational effort in a 21-14 loss to Lovett. Holyfield carried the ball 17 times for 176 yards and a score.
The running back spent some time on an SEC campus in July. He took an unofficial visit to Ole Miss, according to 247Sports.
Sure, we're more than 27 months away from national signing day 2016, but it's still fun to speculate about where the son of "The Real Deal" could make his mark at the next level.
Michigan is certainly a program on the rise under the direction of head coach Brady Hoke. The Wolverines will pull in one of the nation's premier 2014 recruiting classes with a group defined by skilled playmakers.
Georgia, a perennial SEC power under head coach Mark Richt, is up to its old tricks in the recruiting spectrum. The Bulldogs currently have the nation's No. 3 recruiting class, according to 247Sports composite rankings.
Holyfield clearly understands the team's history when he says Georgia produces top-tier running back talent on a consistent basis. From Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker to current Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno, the team has a rich history at the position.
Although it's primarily speculation since Holyfield has yet to receive an offer from either program, Georgia is the ideal landing spot. He grew up rooting for the Bulldogs and, given his genes, there's reason to think he could wear the uniform someday.
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