Holloman gets to see LSU and USC

Devonte Holloman

When Tommy Bowden and Clemson parted ways earlier this week, Devonte Holloman's future took an unexpected turn. The 5-star had transferred from Independence High in North Carolina to South Point High in Rock Hill, S.C. With plans on graduating early in December and enrolling at Clemson in January, the route seemed to already have been drawn on the map.

Yet without Bowden at Clemson, there is no Holloman (6-2, 210, 4.5), at least for now.


The nation's No. 2 ranked safety pulled his pledge from the Tiger program, opening things back up to the teams that had recruited him prior to his commitment to Bowden's program.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, the dominoes began to fall.


After Holloman came the next punch.


Later that day, Craig "Poppa" Loston, the only safety prospect ranked higher than Holloman in 2009, pulled his commitment from Clemson.


"I just need to see everything else," Holloman said. "This is my time to do that."


The starting point for that is this weekend's scheduled visit to Columbia to see LSU take on the hometown Gamecocks.


"It should be an awesome game, being at night and on ESPN," Holloman said. "I am going to definitely keep an eye on both teams. I like both schools right now. I have kept in contact with the South Carolina coaches a good bit, and they all seem pretty cool. Coach [Ron] Cooper and coach [Ellis] Johnson are the guys recruiting me.


“I will get to know them more this weekend and what it is all about,” added Holloman. “I have only been down there once, and it was for a media day. I do know they are short on safeties and play a three-safety set, so I could definitely get looks early."


With his eyes on both defenses at all times, Holloman should get an up close look at the LSU Tigers come Saturday night.


And if that is not enough, he will see them play again when Georgia travels to Baton Rouge next weekend.


"I am about to call coach [Doug] Mallory right now to set the official up and everything," Holloman said. "Craig [Loston] was trying to get me to come down for the Alabama game, but I am going to be wrapped up that weekend. The Georgia game is the best time for me to come, so I am excited to get down there. It will be the longest trip that I have made from home so far."


As for distance, the South Pointe standout said that making a commitment to a school as far as Baton Rouge is not out of the question.


"I would love for my parents to be close and not have to travel a long way to see me play," said the senior, who has totaled 44 tackles, one interception and three punts returned for a touchdown through seven games. "But at the same time I just have to do what I have to do. And If I like a school out of state, then it's on me to make that call."


With teammate Stephen Gilmore, the nation's No. 27 ranked cornerback prospect, committing to South Carolina earlier this week, Holloman will surely feel the pressure to stay in-state with the Gamecocks.


Add to that the commitment of another teammate, wide receiver Charles Holmes, and the Gamecocks have turned on the pressure.


Still, Holloman can only focus about the week ahead of him.


With homecoming in full swing, South Pointe plays host to Ridgeview this Friday. The Stallions head into the game riding an undefeated record, as well as their recent break into the national top 25.


"I am just going to stay focused and see everything that's out there," Holloman said. "From there I will move on."


Holloman's other schools of interest include North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, N.C. State and Notre Dame.

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