Closing in on a decision

Tampa (Fla.) Alonso athlete Brandon Holloway visited Mississippi State and Vanderbilt over the weekend. The three-star athlete started his trip with a visit to Starkville, Miss. to check out Dan Mullen's Bulldogs.
"I thought the tour of campus was really nice at Mississippi State, they have a great campus there," Holloway said. "I talked to the coaches a lot. I talked to Coach Mullen a lot, had a meeting to talk to him. The camp went really well. It was a good visit overall."
Coach Mullen wasn't the only coach to give Holloway attention during his camp visit at Mississippi State.

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"I talked to Coach (Angelo) Mirando, Coach Scott (Sallach), and the offensive coordinator (Les Koenning) a lot while I was there," Holloway said. "I got to talk to pretty much all of the coaches. They said they love me as a player. They watched me when I did my 1-on-1s, and I also did some punt returns and kick returns. They said they like me a lot and like how I play on film."
After departing Mississippi State, Holloway made his way to Nashville, Tenn. to check out the Vanderbilt Commodores.
"Vanderbilt was a real good visit," Holloway said. "I talked to the academic people there and the wide receivers coach (Chris Beatty) while I was there. I also took a tour of all of the facilities. It was really good. It was especially good to get a lot of information about their academics and things like that."
Holloway was unable to meet with head coach James Franklin and others as they had departed campus for a vacation. So the only coach he spoke with was Chris Beatty.
"We just talked about what my role would be if I came to Vanderbilt and what kind of special teams they would want me to do," Holloway said. "He just told me about the way the program is heading and how they are trying to increase their speed on the team. They are working hard to up their program."
Now back in Central Florida, the 5-foot-9, 155-pound athlete is turning his attention towards making a decision.
"Both of those schools are definitely at the top of my list, so now it is basically about narrowing it down to which school I actually want to attend," Holloway said. "I am planning to do that in the next week or two so hopefully soon I will be making a decision."
In addition to the Commodores and Bulldogs, Holloway said he is also high on Iowa State and Temple. He hasn't visited the Cyclones or the Owls, but is familiar with Temple due to family ties in the Philadelphia area.
"Those are the biggest four right now," Holloway said. "They are in the top running for me."
He explained how he will separate his future home from his list of finalists.
"I am mainly going to look at where their program is heading and the future of the program," Holloway said. "I am also going to look at their academic standards, exactly what I will be able to do there away from football."
As a junior, Holloway rushed for 420 yards and four touchdowns on 96 carries. He also had 318 yards on returns.