July 11, 2011

Memphis in a recruiting battle for local RB

Fairley running back Marcus Holliday has Tiger blood in him. His father played for the University of Memphis with current head coach Larry Porter. But does that mean Holliday will definitely be a Tiger?

No. The Memphis staff will be in a fight to land the younger Holliday. Holliday currently hold offers from Memphis, Cincinnati, MTSU, Mississippi State, Louisville, and Northern Illinois.

Holliday, 5-foot-9 165 lbs, is familiar with Memphis; he likes the fact they will be going to more of a spread offense this year. Holliday's dad is a close friend with Memphis head coach Larry Porter.

"I really like the Tigers. My dad played running back there with Coach Porter and all" Marcus said.

Marcus has seen the film of his dad and Coach Porter's playing days. Who does he think was a better running back?

"I got to go with my dad," he said laughing.

Is he better than his dad? "Yeah, but we are two different styles. My dad has more power and I have more speed."

Holliday isn't looking to commit anytime soon. He will take his time and evaluate all his options.

Playing time would be nice for Holliday but he mentioned that isn't a main factor, "I'd like to stay close. I don't want to be more than a 4-5 hour drive away. It's important that my family can watch me play."

He's really enjoying the recruiting process and looking forward to going to all the schools to check out their campus.

Holliday had 565 yards last season in 5 games as a Junior due to a groin injury, which he said he's 100% now.

While he doesn't have a top 5 or any favorites yet he did talk about 4 schools that are standing out.

Memphis- He familiar with the staff and likes how the Coach Porter is genuine.

Miss. State- Likes the tradition and the old fashioned and simple atmosphere.

Louisville- Strong tradition and would like to see them back on top of the Big East

Cincinnati- Loved the campus and their offense.

Holliday said during the offseason he's working on his strength to add more power to his speed. He's also looking forward to get his senior season started.


Bryan Moss is the Publisher of TigerSportsReport.com and may be reached via e-mail: Bryan@tigersportsreport.com or on Twitter: @Bryan_TSR




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