As the coronavirus played havoc on the 2021 recruiting class, Riverside (Ohio) Stebbins standout Jeremy Holloway wondered if he’d have a chance to showcase his talents and trade the game for educational dollars.
This week, Holloway went from Under the Radar prospect to committed college football player giving Siena Heights his pledge.
First Star Football Report caught up with the All-Ohio Third-Team selection about his decision and more.
“Siena Heights made me feel wanted,” said Holloway. “While several colleges showed me interest, they were the ones always in constant contact with me. After the season, Coach (Ron) Shiels reached out to me and had me up for a visit.
“The visit went smooth as there weren’t many people there. So that was good as I got more one-on-one time with the coaches. I saw the facilities, their field, had lunch, and went around the campus. So the visit was pretty sweet.
“Also, one of my former teammates, Ryan Minor, is there, and he’s one of my good friends. I wanted to go to a college where I knew someone who could show me around.”
As for what position he’ll start his college career, Holloway knows it could change in the coming years.
“Right now, they are looking at me as a corner or safety,” he said. “I think early on; they’ll have me at cornerback while having me learn safety. But some coaches have also said they could see me grow into a linebacker.”
Playing for a team that finished 3-7 in 2019, Holloway wasn’t sure he’d have a chance to become a college football recruit. When Covid took away spring evaluations, summer camps, and possibly his senior year, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound defender looked to take advantage of each opportunity that came his way.
“Last year, at the end of my junior year and start of my senior year, no one was in contact with me,” he said. “That gave me a chip on my shoulder, and I went out and played a little harder as I felt I had offers to get.
“This season was a special one as we’ve had 0-10 seasons in the past and only won three games last year. While we ended up only playing eight games, it was an impressive season, and the Class of 2021 will go down as a special group as we won our division and a playoff game. Something not done at Stebbins since the 70s.
“It was a great team effort as we had guys coming to workouts and giving 100-percent at practice. People need to keep an eye on the program as I feel they’re going to have a big year next season as well.”
Holloway ended his career being named first-team All-Miami Valley League and All-SW Ohio, along with third-team All-Ohio; he credits the entire teams coaching staff to help there be a successful season.
“I have to praise our entire coaching staff on the job they did this season,” he stressed. “We had an exceptional coaching staff this year especially, Coach (Greg) Bonifay. He always found a way for us to get our work in despite Covid.”