December 18, 2008

Holliday could be next

After hosting 15 official visitors last week, Arizona State will have just one prospect on campus on for its final recruiting weekend of the year. Tucson (Ariz.) Santa Rita receiver J.J. Holliday will be in Tempe, and there is a legitimate chance he will provide ASU with a commitment before he returns home.

"I haven't really thought too much about it but I like ASU a lot," Holliday said. "I think ASU is my favorite. I might commit if I feel like it [if the trip goes well]."

Holliday, 6-foot-0, 161 pounds, said he also has scholarship offers from Air Force, Colorado State, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming.

"I took one visit last week to Colorado State," Holliday said. "It was cold. It was OK, it was just really cold. It was like 1 degree outside. I've been in warm weather my whole life so I don't know about that."

Holliday, the No. 29 prospect in Arizona by Rivals.com, has a visit set with Air Force for Jan. 16, but said he could potentially reach a decision before then."

"I'm just going to go to ASU and see what happens from there," he said.

Tight ends coach Dan Cozzetto is recruiting Holliday for the Sun Devils.

"They are recruiting me as a receiver," Holliday said. "I like what they've said and now I'm going to go get a better feel for the campus and everything. I've been up there before but I haven't totally checked everything out yet."

As a senior, Holliday caught 55 passes for 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns, helping Santa Rita to the Class 4A Division II title game, where the squad lost 30-26 to Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep.

Santa Rita coach Jeff Scurran, a Tucson legend for work he's done over 17 years at Canyon del Oro, Sabino and Pima Community College, guided a team that went 0-10 in 2006 to a combined 23-4 record over the last two seasons.

"It's amazing. If he says something he's going to do it," Holliday said of Scurran. "He always sticks to his word. He just changed the whole thing here. He told us when we got there to believe him and we could do anything; we were family, we could do anything. Last year it was a lot better and this year it was like playing with your brothers. We were really close.

"We started off really good, and then we had some problems where we had some guys in the wrong spots. So we got that fixed and we started winning big and we got the state game which we would have won but we had just one really big mistake in the game that cost us. It was still a great season though."

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