Football newcomer providing intrigue

Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby is on the map in the 2012 class thanks to the likes of four-star tight end Laith Harlow, a recent Oklahoma commitment, and three-star cornerback T.J. Davis, a highly sought after defensive back. While those prospects have attracted schools from around the country to the school's campus, nobody may be more intriguing for colleges during the upcoming season than 6-foot-6, 216-pound athlete Brandon Holifield.
Holifield is relatively new to football at the high school level. He has only been playing with Godby for a portion of the past month, after his track season concluded. He wrapped up the spring with an acrobatic 17-yard touchdown reception during Godby's spring jamboree that immediately captured the attention of numerous onlookers, including a handful of college assistants on the sideline.
"I haven't ever really played on this level," Holifield said of his recent football experience. "With my size and my natural athleticism it came pretty easy. But there were adjustments, basketball and football have some things that go hand-in-hand but there were other things that took some time. I know I still have a lot to adjust to and to work on."
While Holifield works on improving his game on the gridiron, numerous colleges are already taking notice.
"I have heard from FAU, Miami, Gardner-Webb, Samford, and Texas Tech," Holifield said. "I know there are a few others that are interested, but I haven't heard from them yet."
"Samford and Gardner-Webb have offered me," Holifield added.
This past weekend, the versatile athlete made his way down to the University of Miami to participate in the Al Golden Football Camp. While on campus in Coral Gables, Fla., he worked at wide receiver, tight end, linebacker, and defensive end. Despite playing an array of positions, he departed the camp with MVP honors for his efforts at tight end.
"It was a great camp," Holifield said. "They taught me a lot. It was a lot of hard work. They had me try different positions because of my size and my athleticism. It was a real good camp though, I liked it a lot."
At the collegiate level, Holifield believes his future is on offense.
"I think I line up at either wide receiver or tight end," Holifield said. "I prefer playing wide receiver."
As for other camp visits, Holifield mentioned an interest in visiting Samford and Texas Tech. He said he is open to doing numerous camps in order to simply get more work at his latest sports endeavor.
"I am planning on doing more camps, working to get better," Holifield said. "I just want to keep working at things and see where I am when we get back on the field this season."
When it comes time to select a college, Holifield will be looking at both their football and track programs. At the recent state championships for track and field, Holifield finished third in the high jump with a 6-8. As a sophomore, he finished second. He intends to continue in the event at the next level.
"I want to do football and track," Holifield said. "Some schools have told me there is the possibility of doing both sports as long as I maintain my grades and work hard at doing both sports."
Academically, Holifield is in good standing in the classroom and his coach reported that he had earned a 1250 on the SAT.