Three months ago, Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby athlete Brandon Holifield wasn't even a football player. Now, after a strong spring game performance and a camp visit to the University of Miami, he can consider himself a Hurricane commitment.
"I chose Miami because it is a great opportunity," Holifield said. "I like the tradition down there. Miami is a nice city to be living at. I just couldn't pass on the opportunity."
Holifield recently visited Miami and participated in a session of the Al Golden Football Camp. He feels that performance led to this opportunity.
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"I had a great time when I was down there for the camp," Holifield said. "It was nice. I worked hard and showed them everything I had."
The offer didn't come immediately after the camp, as Holifield had to wait until yesterday to hear the words from the Miami coaching staff.
"Miami offered me yesterday," Holifield said. "I didn't commit immediately because I wanted to talk with my parents. I waited until this morning and then I did it. My parents are happy because it is close to home and my mom is excited because she is actually from Miami."
The 6-foot-6, 216-pound prospect who competed on both sides of the ball at his recent Miami camp visit will be lining up on offense as a big target for Hurricanes' signal-callers.
"I will be going there as a tight end," Holifield said. "I've been dealing with Coach (Brennan) Carroll. He is a solid guy, he is funny. He seems like he knows what he is doing and I have faith in him to help me develop as a nice football player."
In addition to speaking with Brennan Carroll, Holifield also spoke with Al Golden about his decision to pledge his services.
"Coach Golden said he was excited for me to be a future Hurricane," Holifield said. "He said he was going to speak to me more when I come back down there. I will probably be heading down there towards the end of the summer."
The talented athlete will be a two-sport star at Miami.
"I will also be high jumping at Miami," Holifield said. "That was a big part of my decision to be able to do both sports."
Holifield held offers from Florida Atlantic, Gardner-Webb, and Samford at the time of his decision.