Evander Holyfield made millions of dollars and became a global icon for his ability to dish out contact in the boxing ring. His son, Elijah Holyfield, hopes to spend his foreseeable future avoiding contact out of the offensive backfield.
The 5'11", 190-pound sophomore running back continues to see his collegiate options expand.
Ohio State and Ole Miss are the latest programs to plunge into his recruitment process, as both teams extended offers on Wednesday:
Ohio State Just offered🅾!!!!!!! #BuckeyeNation— Elijah Holyfield❤️ (@EH_taught_me) May 7, 2014
God is great they keep rolling in,Ole Miss Offered #rebels— Elijah Holyfield❤️ (@EH_taught_me) May 8, 2014
Holyfield has enjoyed a busy May, previously receiving offers from Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana. Mississippi State, Virginia, Wake Forest and Wisconsin were already in the mix.
Interest increased after his first season at Woodward Academy in Atlanta. Holyfield rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown in the 2013 season opener and remained highly effective throughout his sophomore campaign.
His freshman year featured 645 yards and 10 touchdowns at Riverside Military Academy (Gainesville, Georgia). Holyfield transferred to Woodward last year.
He isn't a burner, but excels at finding space after working his way between the tackles. His agility also suits him well off the edge, where Holyfield appears patient as rushing lanes form.
"He's going to be a big power back," Woodward assistant coach Matt Brennan told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Michael 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 displays an impressive set of lateral movements in the open field that allow him to evade defenders. He finishes plays moving forward, fighting for extra yards before defenders complete the tackle.
According to Carvell, Holyfield mentioned in-state Georgia and Michigan as favorites last October. Those squads haven't offered yet, but he certainly isn't lacking for opportunities at the next level after two high school seasons.
The son of the only four-time World Heavyweight champion continues to chart a course for his own success in athletics.
Count Ohio State and Ole Miss among those who hope that path leads to their campus.
Recruit information courtesy of 247Sports.com unless otherwise noted.