City: Ames, IA
Conference: Big 12
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The new football program at Georgia State is interested in Tucker linebacker Tevin Holliman. The new program offered Holliman, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound senior, last Friday before Tucker beat Whitewater 33-7 in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs. Although he prefers attending college out of town, he said it would be OK to play college football near where he grew up. He’s still leaning toward other programs that have been recruiting him hard for months. “That’s cool to me that they offered,” Holliman said. “It’s whatever. I’m not discriminating against anyone. I’m open to every one.” Holliman also has offers from Western Kentucky, Iowa State, Central Florida, Akron, Buffalo, Ohio, South Alabama and Eastern Michigan. Western Kentucky, Iowa State and Central Florida are the leaders, although he hasn’t taken an official visit. Next up may be a visit to Western Kentucky on Nov. 22.
Tucker defensive tackle Deion Roberson, who has been out since dislocating his left ankle on the second play of the season, found out last week that his rehab will definitely keep him off the field the rest of the season. The 6-foot-3, 258-pound senior had hoped he’d be able to return sometime during the playoffs, but the rehab will be “much longer” than first thought. He’ll now have to settle on watching practices and games from the sidelines and helping the Tigers in other ways, like giving pointers to younger players. “It’s hard to take, but I’ve got to make sure my ankle will be ready for when I get to college,” he said. Roberson said he has two official visits planned: Nov. 22 to Louisville and Jan. 16 to North Carolina State. He said he will reschedule a trip to West Virginia. He had originally planned a trip to Morgantown on Dec. 6, but had to cancel because that’s the same day he will take the SAT. He also has been offered by Memphis, Maryland, East Carolina, Michigan State, Iowa State, Georgia Southern and South Alabama. Clemson is still a possibility, but no offer has been made. “I like the campus, coaches, atmosphere and all of that,” he said, adding that despite Tommy Bowden’s recent resignation he’s still interested in the ACC school. “They’ve recruited me hard, but I’m going to take it day by day and we’ll see what happens.”
Injured Tucker defensive lineman Deion Roberson still has a cast on his injured left ankle and won’t begin his rehab for a few weeks. Roberson said he was due last week to have a walking boot put on the ankle that he severely dislocated during the second play of the season, but couldn’t be fitted for one. He said his size 15 foot was the problem. “They didn’t have my size,” he said. Roberson’s next doctor’s appointment is Oct. 20, he said, and by that time he hopes to be completely off crutches. “I was looking forward to the boot, but I guess things happen,” he said. Roberson said he has scheduled an official visit Nov. 22 to Louisville. He also said he has heard from three new schools (Kentucky, UCLA, Rutgers), but there were no offers. The 6-foot-3, 258 pound senior says he has had offers from North Carolina State, Memphis, Duke, Iowa State, Georgia Southern and South Alabama. As for returning to the field for Tucker this season, Roberson still hopes to play sometime during the playoffs.
Tucker linebacker Tevin Holliman said the Tigers played their best defensive game of the season in their recent 27-10 victory against Miller Grove, in which Tucker scored two touchdowns on interception returns. “As a unit the defense played great,” he said. “I played a lot of snaps and I think I did well.” Holliman’s statistics from the game were not available, but the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder had three sacks in the first three games. Holliman, a member of the AJC’s The Georgia 150, said he is no closer to making a decision on his seven scholarship offers. He has not scheduled an official visit, although he pointed out Akron, Western Kentucky and Eastern Michigan are in his plans. Akron was the first to offer Holliman last spring and continues to stay in contact with him. Holliman also has offers from Eastern Michigan, Western Kentucky, Central Florida, Iowa State, Ohio and Buffalo.
Tucker linebacker Tevin Holliman, who has offers from several small Division 1-A programs, admits he likes the attention that comes with the college recruiting game. “It’s been busy, but the phone calls [from recruiters], they make you feel like they care for you,” said Holliman, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker/defensive end. “I really like that. It makes me feel like I’m important to them and they’re taking the time out to call me.” Holliman has been offered by Central Florida, Western Kentucky, Iowa State, South Alabama, Buffalo, Akron, Eastern Michigan and Ohio. He said he will wait before making a commitment, hoping that some larger programs will come calling. “I think I can play [major] Division 1,” he said. Holliman has not taken any visits, but plans one to Western Kentucky this month.