Three-star Hoover (Ala.) defensive end Jerami Holifield says he’s got a solid top three entering the new month.
“I’m looking at Alabama, LSU and Florida,” he said. “I’ve been to Alabama and LSU for games this season, but I’m still trying to get down to Florida as soon as possible.
“Right now, I’m leaning toward staying here in state, so Alabama would probably be my first choice. LSU is No. 2 if I look out of state, but I’ve always liked Florida. I definitely want to visit them before I decide.”
Holifield (6-5, 248, 4.8) is rated the No. 27 strongside defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com. He had 58 tackles and eight sacks as a junior, and he’s going to surpass those figures this season. Through nine games, he’s helped lead Hoover to an 8-1 mark by recording 62 tackles and eight sacks.
He’s yet to schedule his official visits.
“I’m getting close to doing that, but just haven’t had time to get them finalized,” he said.
Asked to breakdown his three favorites, Holifield said:
“Alabama is here close to home. That’s the main thing. I just feel at home there. I feel like I fit in with everybody. I like coach Randolph, too. I’ve enjoyed talking to him. He shows a lot of concern for me not just as a football player, but as a student. Academics come first, so I like that.
“LSU has coach Fisher, and he’s the same way as coach Randolph at Alabama. I like their academic support there. They’ve got a good team right now, too. I’ve been impressed with the way they’ve been playing.
“I haven’t been to Florida yet, but I’ve always liked watching them play. It’s a place I always thought would be fun to go. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the whole school, not just football.”
Academically, Holifield says he’s worked hard to improve his core GPA, which is “2.3 and coming up steadily.” He’s scored an 18 on the ACT, but will continue to take the test just in case. With his current GPA, he said he needs a “19 or a 20” to qualify.