SHELBY, N.C. – If there’s one thing that Dax Hollifield is certain about with his recruitment, it’s that he wants to take his official visits. South Carolina will be one of the five.
“I’ve been talking to coaches – they don’t want me to do it, because they want me to commit early or something like that,” Hollifield said. “After talking to people that played college football and stuff like that, they tell me to take my five official visits.
“The people that didn’t wish they would have, and I’m going to do that.”
The 4-star (per 247Sports composite rankings) linebacker from Shelby (N.C.) High School plans to visit Florida State for the weekend of the Miami game (Sept. 16). One week later, he’s looking to return to Stanford. In October, he’ll visit Virginia Tech when North Carolina plays in Blacksburg.
Hollifield is still figuring out which weekends will work for official visits to South Carolina and North Carolina, though the Tar Heel coaches want him to wait until after the season.
On Thursday, LSU invited Hollifield to visit Baton Rouge, but he only gets five officials. And take them he will.
Standing with South Carolina
When South Carolina coach Will Muschamp met with reporters before the first day of preseason camp, he sent a message out to Hollifield, via news conference.
Muschamp: "Any of those linebackers out there listening, if you want to play early, come on. If you don't, go somewhere else."
— Hale McGranahan (@Hale_SECcountry) July 30, 2017
“He texted me right after that and said that was for you and Channing [Tindall],” Hollifield said. Tindall, a 4-star outside linebacker prospect from Columbia, S.C., is receiving strong interest from South Carolina.
Hollifield added, “My Twitter blew up after that, because everybody knew it was about me.”
The Gamecocks remain in firm position.
“They’ve got some big-time recruits – they got Josh Vann. Their message to me is, I’m going to be with some really good players,” Hollifield said. “I really don’t want to go in with a recruiting class that’s not really good.”
Running backs coach Bobby Bentley serves as South Carolina’s area recruiter. Linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler also plays prominent role, in addition to Muschamp’s work.
“I text [Bentley and Hutzler] all the time,” Hollifield said.
On North Carolina
Before Hollifield’s recruiting profile grew to where it stands right now, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia Tech made up his lead group.
The Tar Heels aren’t shy about playing the in-state card.
“I really think that’s the reason they want me so much,” Hollifield said. “It’s not because they don’t need linebackers, but it’s because they need kids to stay in state. They just lost Zamir [White] to Georgia.
“North Carolina could have a great team, but they always lose people out of state. They realize they could be good if they keep guys in state. My class, if we all went to UNC, we’d have a great team – me, K.J. [Henry], Rick [Sandidge], Jordyn Adams, Zamir White – that’d be a great class right there.”
On Bud Foster
The Virginia Tech defensive coordinator is one of the most respected minds in college football.
“The stuff that goes through his mind, defensive-wise, it’s incredible,” Hollifield said. “He can just think up what he does. It’s really hard to explain. It’s amazing.
“Me and Coach Hutzler talk about recruitment, too. He was talking about all the schools and he was talking about Coach Foster and he said, ‘I have so much respect for that man and what he’s done.’ ”
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