Thursday, July 18, 2013
Camp wrap: 2015 RB runs a 4.23 at Bama
By Greg Ostendorf
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama coaching staff didn’t know the name Joshuwa Holloman (Auburn Hills, Mich./Avondale) before camp this week. He was a 5-foot-10, 187-pound running from Michigan with no scholarship offers to this point.
But that changed real quick when the 2015 prospect turned in a time of 4.23 seconds in the 40-yard dash on Monday. It was the fastest time at the Crimson Tide’s camp and caught the attention of the coaches.
Joshuwa Holloman was a virtual unknown before Alabama's camp. Then he ran the 40-yard-dash in 4.23 seconds.
“They came and got me,” Holloman said. “When they found out I ran a 4.23, they came and talked to me. They were like, ‘Where is Joshuwa Holloman?’ At that time, I was already working with Coach [Burton] Burns. Then it started going around. It was mentioned on Twitter, and then it started spreading around globally.”
Holloman turned in not one, but two sub-4.3 times at the camp. It didn’t come as a huge surprise to the Michigan prospect because he had already been running in the 4.3 range recently at various camps, including ones at Michigan State and Notre Dame.
“I wasn’t surprised that much about it because I felt like I was running faster, Holloman said. “I almost ran literally through the wall after I got done. When the guy came back and told me I ran a 4.2, I wanted to ask him again. I said, ‘What did I run?’ He said, ‘You ran a 4.23.’”
During the camp, Holloman spoke briefly with Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Although no offer was extended, the staff invited him back to visit and said they’ll definitely keep in contact. He worked out all four days in Tuscaloosa.
“Nick Saban had the camp set at pretty much one speed,” he said. “It literally felt like it was one of Alabama’s practices. It was more like a two-a-day practice session. I got to work with Coach Burns. That went well. He’s a fantastic coach with the drills that he runs. It gets you going.”
Holloman is already talking about coming back to Alabama’s camp next summer and improving on his 40 time.
2015 CB excels at camp
ESPN Junior 300 cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter’s) was one of the top performers at Alabama’s camp, drawing high praise from Saban. Although he didn’t walk away with an offer from the Tide, it will likely come in the near future.
“It went well,” Fitzpatrick said. “I got to talk to Coach Saban. He said I was the best defensive back in the camp and they want to see my first game. If I perform, they’ll offer.”
It was Fitzpatrick’s first visit to Tuscaloosa, and although working with Saban was the highlight, he also enjoyed the campus tour and the academic side of the university.
“The campus was beautiful, and getting to work one on one with Coach Saban was a great experience,” he said. “I learned a whole lot with the few days we had. I was really impressed by the way the academics were reinforced by the coaches and by the school itself.”
Fitzpatrick, ranked No. 38 in the new 2015 rankings, already has more than 10 offers.
New offers from camp
Although neither Fitzpatrick nor Holloman received an offer during their visit, Alabama still extended a handful of offers at the camp.
The lone 2014 offer was given to ESPN 300 defensive end Chad Thomas (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington) after a dominant performance in the one-on-one drills. Thomas knows a thing or two about camps. He took home MVP honors at the Miami NFTC this spring.
From the 2015 class, the Alabama staff offered running back Chris Warren (Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall) as well as offensive linemen Trevor Elbert (Heath, Texas/Rockwall-Heath) and Richie Petitbon (Washington D.C./Gonzaga). But the most noteworthy offer was to ESPN Junior 300 defensive end Breiden Fehoko (Honolulu/Farrington), who made the trip from Hawaii.
Lastly, the Tide offered a pair of 2016 standouts, tight end Kaden Smith (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus) and running back Devin White (Springhill, La./North Webster).
Not done yet
The camp might be over, but that doesn’t mean the Alabama coaches are done for the week. ESPN 300 athlete Davion Hall (Texarkana, Texas/Liberty-Eylau), a Baylor commitment, and junior college speedster Tyreek Hill (Garden City, Kan./Garden City CC) both arrived on campus Wednesday and are expected to stay through Friday.
Also, ESPN 300 wide receiver Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis), the nation’s No. 2 wideout, is planning to visit Alabama on Saturday.
ESPN recruiting writer Jared Shanker contributed to this report.