Tennessee continues to battle for four-star receiver Jeremiah Holloman and the Vols certainly helped their chances on Saturday.
Holloman, who is the No. 40 receiver in the nation and the No. 32 prospect in Georgia, was in Neyland Stadium to watch Tennessee practice in front of thousands of fans for Student Appreciation Day and he saw former Vols return home for Family Day, such as NFL star and former Georgia prep standout Eric Berry. It was far from an average spring practice.
“That tells you a lot,” the 6-foot-2, 191-pound prospect from Newton High School (Covington, Ga.) said. “If it’s like that at practice, then you know heading into the season, you should expect a lot from them.”
Holloman has come to expect special treatment from the Vols. Tennessee’s coaches have gone out of their way to make him feel wanted.
“I really enjoyed it,” Holloman said. “The coaches made time to come speak with me and my parents. I felt like I was a priority there.”
Tennessee’s coaching staff has changed a bit since last season. The Vols have two new assistants this year: defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and tight ends coach Larry Scott. Holloman hasn’t noticed any lack of chemistry.
“The coaching staff,” Holloman said when asked what impressed him about the visit. “They’re all relaxed. They’re all cool with each other. It’s like a brotherhood with them. It’s not about just winning. That comes along with it, but they’re more of how you feel as a person.”
Holloman said he will visit Clemson on Saturday. He said he’ll likely make other visits this week since he’s on spring break but he’s not sure of his itinerary.
Holloman said he has no favorites among the 26 schools that have extended scholarship offers. He said he’s not sure when he’ll cut down his list to a group of finalists. Nearby Georgia will certainly be a factor. Holloman visited Georgia twice in March after they offered him a scholarship in the middle of the month.
“I love Georgia as well,” Holloman said. “They really treat me good there. The coaching staff, I feel like we’ve got a good relationship. That means a lot.”
Securing Holloman won’t be easy for the Vols, but they certainly put their best foot forward on Saturday.