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Avondale Speedster Joshuwa Holloman Shines at Alabama Camp

   | Branden Hunter

Avondale Speedster Joshuwa Holloman Shines at Alabama Camp

Anytime someone runs a 4.23 40-yard dash, some heads are going to turn. That's exactly what Auburn Hills Avondale running back Joshuwa Holloman did at the Alabama football camp last week. The 5-10, 180-pound junior literally tore it up with the clocks running.

"Everyone was impressed I guess I would say," Holloman said. "But I wasn't as surprised. My 40-time was getting faster at the previous camp and I was (intent on) passing my mark of 4.32.".

Holloman's athletecism and 4.23 speed also drew the attention of Alabama coaches. "Alabama said that they liked me and wanted me to come back," he said. "I got to speak with Coach Williams and Coach Burns at the camp. They said that they'd get to one of my games and that I am being recruited by them."

Coach Bobby Williams, a former Michigan State head coach (2000-2002) and Detroit Lions assistant (2003), should not be too shocked by the number Holloman put up at their camp. He is a track star at Avondale in the 100m, and 200m events. Holloman finished first place in the 100m in both the Oakland County Outdoor Track and Field Championships (10.88) and in the Michigan state finals (11.11)  held in Kentwood.

As a sophomore running back last season Holloman was credited for 826 total yards of offenseas well as 12 touchdowns. While he shared the backfield last season with a senior, he is looking to being the go to guy in 2013, and having a breakout season.

"I want to win the state championship this season, and my individual goals are to rush for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns," he said. "That's going to depend on how my teammates support me on blocking, but (also) my elusiveness, speed, power, stability, vision and technique are there."

In addition to Alabama, other schools including Notre Dame, Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Ball State, and Michigan State have all put their name in the hat for Holloman's services. His elite speed alone should keep college coaches hot on his tail.

"Michigan State, Alabama, and Notre Dame have been recruiting me the most," Holloman said. "Michigan State said that they are recruiting me and that they would like for me to visit sometime and are (really) showing interest."

Wherever Holloman commits over the nex few years, it will probably be a college with a strong track and field program as he has plans to continue running track in addition to playing football. Until then, Holloman and the Avondale Yellowjackets look to build off their 9-2 record last season and make a deeper run in the Michigan state playoffs in 2013.