Ole Miss verbal commit Gerrod Holliman needed just one game to match his interception total from his junior season. Holliman intercepted four passes for his Miami (Southridge), Fla., team in the season opener - and returned two for touchdowns - immediately skyrocketing his notoriety within the Florida prep scene.
Holliman is one of the crown jewels of Ole Miss' 2011 recruiting class, but with his strong early performances, his talents will likely draw attention from universities across the country, potentially threatening the Rebels' landing of Holliman's letter of intent.
"As of now, I'm sticking with it," Holliman said of his pledge to Ole Miss. "But I want to see a couple more schools. I planned a couple visits already."
The 6-foot, 192-pound safety recently visited nearby Miami and plans to visit Gainesville for Florida's contest against LSU. The trip to Gainesville will be the first in Holliman's series of visits.
"The last place I visited was Miami. It was pretty cool, I've been there before, so it wasn't nothing new," Holliman noted. "I plan to visit Louisville, of course Ole Miss, and I'm trying to get one in with Cincinnati."
Holliman is Rivals.com's No. 6 safety, No. 25 prospect in Florida, and No. 117 in national rankings. He's teammates with fellow Rebel commit Andrew Johnson, the No. 20 ranked cornerback in the 2011 class.
Rivals.com Southeast recruiting analyst, Barton Simmons, recently spoke with RebelGrove.com, and said "Holliman doesn't have quite the measurables and testing numbers that (Donte) Moncrief has, but he is the definition of a playmaker. He's one of the most instinctual defenders I've seen this year."
Holliman reported "about 20 tackles, five interceptions, and one interception," despite most teams avoiding his side of the field entirely.
HOLLIMAN'S COUSIN ON REBELS' RADAR
Darius Hall plans to accompany Holliman, his cousin, on the latter's trip to Gainesville. Hall has a verbal offer from Florida International and has garnered interest from several other prominent schools.
"He's a great player, he's still young - only a junior," Holliman said of Hall. "He's just starting his recruiting. He needs to work on coverage, but that's it. He's a great tackler, but I'm always telling him he's got to work on his coverage."
Duke, UCLA, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, and Kentucky are several schools in on Hall's recruitment. Hart said LSU has emerged as a possible favorite because Louisiana is a strong "football state," and he admires Les Miles' leadership.
"I'm hearing a lot from (Ole Miss), they call my coaches and my principal," Hall noted. "LSU is waiting for me to take the SAT or the ACT before they do anything with a scholarship."
The 5-foot-11, 215-pound linebacker tallied 101 tackles, (74 solo, 26 assists) three forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and one defensive touchdown as a sophomore. Hart has 26 tackles in three games as a junior.
"I'm more of a run stuffer. I like to cause turnovers," Hall said. "When I hit you, I'm not hitting you to just to make a tackle. I'm hitting you to take your head off and make you cough the ball up."
Hall camped at Florida Internation and a South Florida 7-on-7 camp this past summer. Hart planned to take more visits to camps, but academic endeavors and Future Business Leaders of America functions kept the linebacker busy.
"I didn't really get out of state and get to any camps. We were doing stuff with my business class and I was going to competitions with them," said Hall.
Hall is comfortable leaving the Sunshine State and plans to enjoy the recruitment process as much as possible.
"I really would like to play for (Miami) and play for my city, but so far they haven't shown me interest," Hall added. " I was just feeling like I want to go for another school that has tradition like (Miami) and make a name for myself there, even if I have to go out of the state."
Hall believes Holliman is also simply enjoying his own recruitment and not looking for a new home.
"I don't think he's going to decommit," Hall said. "I think he just wants to get around and see how everywhere else looks. But if you want my opinion on what my cousin is going to do, he's going to stick with Ole Miss - unless there's something he's keeping from me."
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