STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Avondale’s blazing-fast David Holloman picks Indiana
In college-recruiting circles, one saying uttered throughout the country at every level is, “speed kills.”
Well, the NCAA might have to consider declaring Auburn Hills Avondale running back David Holloman’s two feet lethal weapons when he arrives in the Big Ten a little over a year from now.
Holloman (5-foot-11, 190 pounds), the fastest player in the state of Michigan’s Class of 2021, committed to Indiana last week. He was clocked running a lightning-fast 4.2 in the 40-yard dash on two separate occasions at showcase camps in 2019.
Former Michigan running back Mike Hart is IU’s associate head coach, backfield coach and top recruiter, while Saline native and former U-M quarterback Nick Sheridan is the offensive coordinator. Holloman chose the Hoosiers over Nebraska, Maryland, Rutgers, Washington State and West Virginia. Last fall, he rushed for 1,245 yards and 16 touchdowns on a mere 105 touches, showing off his tantalizing sprinter’s speed on a number of home-run chunk plays for scores.
“David is an economical back, he can be very explosive in the open field and does his damage in the blink of an eye,” 247Sports Midwest Recruiting Coordinator Allen Trieu said. “His speed is elite. He shows a great burst off the snap and he is a hard worker.”
247Sports ranks Holloman as its No. 3 overall running back prospect in the junior class, slotting in behind only West Bloomfield blue-chipper Donovan Edwards and Portage Northern’s Anthony Tyus. Holloman’s older brother, Josh, was a speed demon in his own right at Avondale back in the early 2010s and played in college at Cincinnati and Eastern Michigan.
IU has recruited Michigan well lately. This year, they have Detroit King’s Rashawn Williams (WR) and Harper Woods’ Lem Watley-Neely (CB) as big parts of their incoming recruiting class. Williams is the first four-star recruit to ever sign with the Hoosiers. Last year, Chippewa Valley wide receiver David Ellis and Brighton quarterback Will Jontz inked with IU and head coach Tom Allen, who took the Hoosiers to an 8-5 record and an appearance in the Gator Bowl this past season.
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Macomb Dakota junior cornerback Eric Reese and Detroit King junior defensive lineman Esean Carter are on their way to the Mid-American Conference for their college ball. Reese (5-11, 170) committed to Central Michigan and Carter (6-3, 270) committed to Toledo. Both are three-star prospects. Reese returns kicks and is a sticky cover corner. Carter recorded 65 tackles and three sacks as a trench terror on a 2019 King Crusaders squad that lost in the Division 2 state finals.
More gaudy offers for the sophomores
• Grosse Pointe South cornerback Will Johnson got an offer from USC.
• West Bloomfield tailback Dillon Tatum received offers from Notre Dame and Georgia Tech.
• Muskegon safety Cincear Lewis collected a bid from the SEC when Kentucky dropped an offer at his doorstep.
• Birmingham Groves wide receiver Jared Mangham scooped an Oregon offer.
— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN