Elijah Holyfield, the son of boxing legend Evander Holyfield, is starting to become known as more than the progeny of a famous athlete. The running back scored seven touchdowns on Friday during Woodward Academy‘s (GA) victory over Decatur (GA). That should definitely turn some heads, and it would not surprise me to see the young talent continue to grab headlines as the season continues.
The competition for the back’s services at the college football level should start to heat up now, and it will be fun to see which school ends up coming out on top. Holyfield is rated the No. 137 overall prospect on the ESPN300 rankings for high school juniors, but he will continue climbing that list in the coming year.
He returned the opening kickoff for 84 yards and a touchdown in the 45-13 win, and he also rushed for 147 yards and six touchdowns.
The junior is rated as the No. 18 running back overall in his class, and he has offers and interest from many top FBS programs, including the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines. It is certainly not a two-horse race, but in my opinion those will be the two teams in the mix when it comes down to the wire.
I would put my money on OSU, because Urban Meyer always seems to be involved when it comes to the top players in the country. The Wolverines could have a slim chance as well, but ultimately it will be Meyer’s championship pedigree that wins the day and lands the son of a former world champion. Evander might have to tell Mike Tyson to stay out of Ohio.