Often times, the last official visit for a player turns out to be the decider. Such was the case for junior college defensive end Parker Holloway (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College).
Holloway took a trip to UNLV over the weekend, and the 6-foot-4, 240-pound college sophomore decided to continue his football career with the Rebels. He committed to UNLV on Sunday and signed a national letter of intent with the Rebels on Wednesday, the first day a junior college mid-year transfer can sign.
The glamour and glitz of Vegas had an effect on Holloway for about an hour. It was everything else that the city and campus had to offer that won him over. Holloway said the hospitality of senior defensive lineman James Dunlap, his host for the trip, helped him to make his decision.
“The strip didn’t even do it for me,” Holloway said. “It was all right, but as far as the school, the team and the coaches, that’s what I really liked. The coaches and players were like a family. They treated me better than anyone else on my other visits. It was everything I was looking for.”
Holloway, recruited by running backs coach Dominic Daste, chose UNLV over Arkansas State and Memphis. He also had offers from North Carolina, South Alabama, Western Kentucky and Syracuse. Additionally, Miami and Ole Miss showed major interest toward the end of his process.
Holloway is expected to play defensive end but also could see time at outside linebacker because of his 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash. In choosing UNLV days before signing day, Holloway said he wanted to use all the time allotted to make the right decision.
“It was pretty difficult, and at times, it was stressful,” Holloway said, “but it was all right in the end. [UNLV] was the right decision.”