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Georgia Football: 4-Star Running Back Elijah Holyfield, Son Of Boxer Evander Holyfield, No. 1 On UGA's Board

Four-star running back Elijah Holyfield of Atlanta's Woodward Academy is blowing up as one of the top players in the 2016 class. Holyfield, son of boxing great Evander Holyfield, has high interest in a number of top programs, including Alabama, Auburn, and Tennessee, but one team has reportedly prioritized him as the top player on their board: Georgia.

Elijah Holyfield, a 4-star RB from Woodward Academy, told the AJC that UGA assistant coach Thomas Brown let him know that he is the main focus of the Bulldogs

“He told me that I’m the back they want in this class and he would be perfectly happy if he only takes me,” Holyfield said.

Not only did the 5-foot-10, 204-pounder have a chance to talk to Brown, but he also talked to Mark Richt. The message was the same.

“They have been pretty adamant about it,” he said. “They have told me that I am No. 1 many times now.”

Holyfield also told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that a decision may be imminent.

“The schools I have visited the past couple of weeks – Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee – those are the schools that I’m paying close attention to these next couple of weeks,” he said. “I’m not going to get another chance to visit those schools again. I think I’ve seen enough of them already, so I think in my mind, I’m ready to pick a school.”

When asked which school is mind is set on, Holyfield said “I’m not really sure. I’m still trying to find where my heart really is.”

Georgia sounds like it has a good shot to land the in-state blue chipper. The Bulldogs currently have 12 players committed in their 2016 class, six of whom are rated four-stars or higher by 247Sports' composite rankings. Check out Holyfield highlights here:

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