Covington (GA) Newton wide receiver Jeremiah “J.J.” Holloman committed to Michigan on Sunday. He chose the Wolverines over offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt, among others.
Holloman is a 6’3″, 195 lb. prospect. He claims a 4.5 forty, a 40″ vertical, a 255 lb. bench press, and a a 460 lb. squat.
Rivals: 3-star WR
Scout: 3-star WR
247 Sports: Unranked
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Holloman visited Michigan with teammate and 2017 Michigan commit Kurt Taylor for the Ohio State game last month (LINK). Holloman took a trip to Northwestern and visited Michigan on the trip, which resulted in an offer from the Wolverines. He went ahead and committed on Sunday morning.
Holloman’s rankings are underwhelming at this point, and two of the four major recruiting services have yet to rank him. That will change. If his athletic measurements are to be believed, his leaping ability and strength are outstanding. He won the state triple jump competition as a sophomore, so even if he doesn’t have a 40″ vertical and a 460 lb. squat, he’s still an explosive athlete. He has a big body and a great frame, and that helps him to be a plus blocker who can wall off defensive backs. Holloman also possesses good speed, perhaps deceptively so, because defenses sometimes take poor angles to catch him. He’s capable of taking short passes and breaking big runs, partly because he runs through contact so well. When he reaches full size in college – probably around 210-215 lbs., at least – he will be very difficult for defenders to bring down.
I would like to see Holloman use his body a little better to wall off defenders on jump balls and contested routes. He has a size advantage over virtually every defensive back he faces, but he could use his length even more. Unlike Nate Johnson, who committed to Michigan yesterday, it does not appear that Holloman plays in a very complex offense when it comes to a variety of passing routes. He will need to work on route running at the next level and learn the nuances of more complex patterns, but again, this is one of the easier deficiencies to overcome from one level to the next.
Overall, I would be surprised if Holloman is not a 4-star prospect across the board by the time the 2017 class concludes. In my opinion, Holloman is on par with 2016 commit Ahmir Mitchell, who is a fringe top-100 prospect. Holloman has a chance to be a star receiver if he can improve his route running and body positioning. And because of his size and blocking ability, he should be able to contribute early.
Holloman is the fifth commit of the 2017 class for Michigan, joining Taylor, tight end Carter Dunaway, and tackle Ja’Raymond Hall on offense. Michigan will lose at least Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh after the 2016 season, if not others. Another receiver or two would be expected in a class that should once again be a pretty large one. Taylor, for one, is good friends with Cartersville (GA) Cartersville quarterback Trevor Lawrence, one of just two uncommitted quarterbacks Michigan has offered in the 2018 class.
TTB Rating: Ratings for 2017 recruits will not be published until the 2016 class is completed
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