Two programs currently are recruiting Orlando (Fla.) Lake Highland Prep offensive tackle Maurice Holloway the hardest. It comes as no surprise that those two programs are out in front for his services.
"Really, it's just been Florida and N.C. State," the 6-foot-6, 312-pounder said. "I've gotten offers from Illinois and Indiana, but those are not the schools that are recruiting me the hardest. Florida Atlantic also has offered me and coming to see you on Tuesday."
The Gators, despite showing strong attention, have not stepped forward with a scholarship offer.
"(They haven't offered) yet," Holloway said. "I've been up to Florida a couple of times. I'm going up the next weekend for the LSU game.
Gators co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Charlie Strong is recruiting Holloway for Florida.
"Coach Strong, he's a hard-nosed defensive guy and I love defense," Holloway said. "That's how we get along. He expects you to play at high level."
North Carolina State assistant coach Dwayne Dixon, ironically a former Gators assistant coach, is recruiting Holloway for N.C. State.
"Coach Dixon came and saw me (at my school) Friday," Holloway said. "I plan on taking an official visit (to N.C. State) once my NCAA Clearinghouse stuff goes through."
South Carolina also is involved. Holloway said that the Gamecocks offered in August.
"I talked to (South Carolina assistant) coach John Hunt a couple of times," Holloway said. "It's not as frequent as it used to be, though."
Auburn, where Holloway camped this summer, and a few other programs have show interest. But for now, it's a two-team race.
"N.C. State and Florida are the two right now," he said. "I'll probably make a decision after football season."
So far, the season hasn't been what he's expected in terms of wins and losses.
"We're 0-5 right now," Holloway said. "But we've been in all our games. We have the No. 2 ranked schedule in Florida. That shows the competition we play."
Holloway is the nation's No. 55 offensive tackle prospect and is the No. 75 overall prospect in the state of Florida.