Add one more Georgia Bulldog to the list of players leaving Athens early for a shot at the NFL. Running back Elijah Holyfield joined a handful of Georgia players making their decisions known Friday evening.
Holyfield shared a statement on his Twitter account to confirm he is leaving behind a year of eligibility to go to the NFL in 2019.
“I would like to take this time to officially declare for the 2019 NFL Draft,” Holyfield said in a statement on his Twitter account. “I go forward, while always reflecting on my time in Athens, knowing I will work tirelessly to make dawg nation proud.”
Holyfield was one of Georgia’s leading rushers this season with 1,018 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Together with D’Andre Swift, Georgia featured one of the top running back combos in college football this past season. Now, Swift will likely take on the lead role while Kirby Smart looks to get another running back ready to step in to
Holyfield joins receivers Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman and tight end Isaac Nauta in declaring early for the NFL Draft today.
Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield is facing a pair of drug charges to get the week started, and he could be suspended for a game because of it.
Holyfield, the son of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, was charged on Monday with possession of marijuana of less than an ounce and possession and use of drug related objects, according to the Associated Press. University police made the arrest and Holyfield was released on a bond in just under an hour. The bond totaled $4,050 according to the Athens Banner-Herald report.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is aware of the situation, according to a Georgia representative. According to the school’s drug and alcohol policy, Holyfield would have to serve a suspension of one game as this is his first violation. If he serves the suspension right away, Holyfield would miss the season opener against Appalachian State on September 2.
Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley is also facing a suspension for the season opener following a misdemeanor marijuana possession arrest earlier this spring.
It’s been a while since we have seen some live animals at a college announcement press conference. Thankfully that drought is over thanks to Elijah Holyfield, son of boxing legend Evander Holyfield. the talented running back recruit announced he will play for the Georgia Bulldogs, and he made the announcement with a pair of bulldogs by his side.
Georgia had been considered a solid favorite for Holyfield for a while according to recruiting analysts, although Michigan was an early leader on the recruiting trail too. That makes sense, with Holyfield being a Georgia native and the way the Bulldogs seem to pump out running backs lately. Holyfield held offers from plenty of schools, and it’s not just because he is the son of a former heavyweight boxer. Rivals ranks Holyfield as a four-star running back, and the third best running back in the nation and in the Rivals top 100 ranking (No. 99).
Georgia extended an offer to Holyfield last year, and that was music to the champion’s ears.
“I was happy about that offer because I’m a Georgia fan,” Evander Holyfield said last October. “And then I found out that he liked Georgia, so that offer was a good thing.”
Evander Holyfield is a boxing legend. He also played some football in his younger days before embarking on his path to boxing fame. Now he is the father to one of the top football recruits in his home state of Georgia. Running back Elijah Holyfield is a four-star prospect in the Class of 2016 according to Rivals. The younger Holyfield has been drawing interest from plenty of schools out there including Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, South Carolina and many more form the ACC, Big Ten and SEC. It is one of the most recent offers to come his son’s way that has the former heavyweight champ smiling the most. Georgia is among the recent schools to extend an offer to Elijah Holyfield.
“I was happy about that offer because I’m a Georgia fan,” Evander said in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “And then I found out that he liked Georgia, so that offer was a good thing.”
Elijah Holyfield is reportedly considering Michigan as a top choice, but as of now the recruiting for the Class of 2016 is in the very early stages. Holyfield still has his senior year in front of him after this season, so plenty can change between now and National Signing Day in 2016.