January 17, 2011

Rebels hoping to flip Holliman back to them

Ole Miss didn't try to stop Gerod Holliman from taking an official visit to Louisville last fall despite the fact the four-star safety from Miami (Southridge), Fla., was committed to the Rebels.

It took more than two months, but Holliman eventually switched his commitment from Ole Miss to Louisville, a decision he made public at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio earlier this month.

Ole Miss is hoping to return the favor, if you will, to the Cardinals this weekend when Holliman visits Oxford, Miss. Do the Rebels have a chance?

"There's a 20 percent chance, but I don't know what to expect," Holliman said Monday, one day after Ole Miss assistant coach Chris Vaughn visited with him in Miami and ironed out details for this weekend's official visit to Oxford.

Vaughn told Holliman he wants him to consider "the depth chart at my position and a chance at starting in the SEC," Holliman said.

Ole Miss lost both of its 2010 starters at safety, Johnny Brown and Fon Ingram, to graduation.

Holliman's teammate, cornerback Andrew Johnson, committed to Ole Miss in the summer and, like Holliman, switched his commitment to Louisville two weeks ago. Johnson will visit Ole Miss as well this weekend amid speculation that the duo are determined to go to the same school.

Holliman said Monday he and Johnson still plan to go together, but he said the two aren't a package deal.

"We have our own minds," Holliman said. "We just have a lot in common."

Asked if he believes his decision, which appears to be down to just Louisville and Ole Miss, will be a tough one, Holliman responded, "It's possible."

Holliman, a 6-foot, 180-pounder who has drawn comparisons to Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed when Reed was younger, is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 4 safety prospect in the country. Additionally, Rivals.com ranks Holliman as the No. 20 prospect in Florida and the No. 93 overall prospect in the nation.

Holliman has more than a dozen options, including offers from Kansas State, Maryland, Miami, Minnesota, Nebraska, Tennessee and West Virginia.

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