To the best of our collective knowledge, New Jersey defensive lineman Jamal Holloway has been a member of Syracuse’s 2016 recruiting class for some time. However, that is no longer the case, as he has signed his National Letter of Intent to attend UNLV in the fall.
— Philip Anastasia (@PhilAnastasia) August 11, 2016
Doesn’t this seem a little late to be signing a NLI for the coming fall? We usually read about recruits of the 2017 class committing around this time.
There is, of course, an explanation for this. Holloway did not sign his letter of intent earlier because he had not earned a standardized test score that satisfied the NCAA’s sliding scale requirement in time for national signing day. He had been scheduled to take a January SAT to qualify, but that test was postponed when a major snowstorm hit the Northeast that weekend.
“It’s a wonderful feeling just going through the recruiting process, how stressful it was trying to pick a school. And honestly, I think this is probably the best place for me,” Holloway told nj.com. “It’s a great opportunity with the new staff that they have here. (Head) coach (Tony) Sanchez (formerly of perennially ranked Bishop Gorman high school, also in Las Vegas) and coach (Tony) Samuel, the d-line coach. I think I’m going to learn a lot here.”
The 6-4, 220-pound Camden product was a three-star recruit and graded out as the 52nd-ranked defensive end in the country, according to 247Sports.com. He was rated as the 19th best player in New Jersey. In his senior year at Camden, Holloway recorded 101 tackles, including six for a loss and five sacks.
Despite the SAT-related delay to his official commitment to UNLV, Holloway will be eligible to play at the start of the 2016 season.
UNLV will look to improve on last season’s 4th place finish in the West Division of the Mountain West Conference. The Runnin’ Rebels went 3-9 overall, including a 2-6 mark in conference play.