For months, first-year linebackers coach Travis Williams thought Auburn had already extended an offer to Jeremiah Holloman.
Williams, according to Holloman, presumed the Tigers had offered the three-star receiver before Dameyune Craig departed for LSU.
“Coach Williams told me that (Craig) was supposed to offer me, but it slipped his mind,” said Holloman, a rising prospect out of Covington, Ga. “He said that he was going to, but he never did. That whole time, Coach Williams thought I had the Auburn offer. He just checked it recently and saw that I didn’t.”
Williams corrected that problem three days ago. Auburn extended a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-3 receiver, who has quickly placed the Tigers atop his early list of favorites. Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and South Carolina are also in the hunt.
“I was extremely excited,” Holloman said of the offer. “Auburn is a great team on the rise. I feel they have some young talent coming in and they’re going to flip the program around.”
Holloman has only been in contact with Williams, who is responsible for his area. The two first met during Holloman’s unofficial visit to Auburn back in September.
“We’ve been talking since the beginning of the year, when I took a visit out there for the Jacksonville State game,” Holloman said. “We met each other then and kept in touch.”
The relationship has since grown. Holloman expects to establish communication with recently hired receivers coach Kodi Burns and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, too, when he visits in the near future.
While he isn’t too familiar with the coaching staff, Holloman is aware of the talent the Tigers were able to land in the 2016 recruiting cycle. Auburn signed three four-star receivers in Kyle Davis, Eli Stove and Nate Craig-Myers to top off yet another impressive class under coach Gus Malzahn.
“Auburn has been pretty good at bringing in guys at the position,” Holloman said. “Clearly, they’re doing something right with the offense to bring guys there.”
Despite Auburn’s depth at receiver, Holloman will welcome the competition. He recently competed in the MVP Camp in Atlanta and finished first among his position group.
“It doesn’t concern me at all,” Holloman said. “Wherever I go, I’m going to have to work to get to the spot I want to be at. I have no problem doing that.”
Chuck Kingsbury covers Auburn football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter.