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Holyfield chooses the Bulldogs over Auburn



COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- Decisions have always been a part of the Holyfield family, and today wasn’t any different. Running back Elijah Holyfield, the son of five time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, decided Friday was the day in which he would announce his commitment to the Georgia Bulldogs.

Holyfield, a four-star recruit and a Rivals100 top prospect for the Class of 2016, made sure that all who were in attendance would remember his commitment ceremony.

"Before I announce, I need two of my friends who are outside to help me announce," Holyfield said.

Holyfield then proceeded to bring in two bulldog puppies, named Chubb and Gurley, into the gymnasium. He walked them over to the table set up for the announcement and donned a hat with a Georgia power G logo.

"I am committed to the University of Georgia," Holyfield said to the rousing cheers of his teammates.

The No. 3 running back in the nation made sure to not take all the credit for being where he is today, though.

"I want to thank my teammates," Holyfield said. "You guys put up with me every day. You don't treat me any different than anybody else on the team and we have unfinished business we are going to handle tonight."

He was referring to Woodward Academy's upcoming contest with St. Pius X.

The recruiting process hasn’t always been a star-studded affair for Holyfield. The Bulldog coaches had a lot of ground to make up for the No. 99 player in the nation. Holyfield got lost in the shuffle when the new offensive coaches took over, but running backs coach Thomas Brown made sure to make Holyfield his first priority when he stepped onto UGA’s campus after coaching at Wisconsin.

Even with all the highs of being able to commit in front of your family, friends, and teammates, Holyfield also realized that recruiting also has some tough times that come with it.

"Last night was one of the hardest nights in my life, having to tell coaches you are not coming to their school," Holyfield said.
Holyfield is the first running back commit in the Class of 2016 for the Bulldogs, and the ninth player ranked four-stars or higher by Rivals in Georgia’s 2016 class. 

UGA head coach Mark Richt immediately took to Twitter to express his excitement.

BOOM! Great day to be a Dawg! #CommitToTheG