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June 24, 2008DeVonte Holloman, the No. 6 safety in the country and the No. 76 player overall in the country as ranked by Rivals.com is switching schools. The 6-foot-2, 214-pounder will no longer be suiting up for Charlotte (N.C.) Independence next season. Where is the star safety headed?
"I'm going to South Pointe High School in Rock Hill South Carolina," said Holloman. "That's where Stephon Gilmore plays and they have a pretty good team I hear. Stephon and I have been friends for a long time and it's going to be fun playing with him."
But Gilmore was not the reason Holloman decided to leave Independence, the top power program in North Carolina.
"My parents are getting divorced so I'm moving to South Carolina with my dad," he said. "It's a tough thing to deal with but these things happen and you have to be a man and do the best you can with the circumstances. The transfer becomes official on Tuesday and that's the day I'll really be able to get down there and check out the summer schedule and see what we're doing this summer as far as workouts and 7-on-7."
Holloman, Clemson commitment, will work on his friend Gilmore, ranked as the No. 17 athlete in the country and a Rivals250 member to join him at Clemson, but he won't push hard.
"It's his choice," he said. "I know he likes Clemson a lot but I know he likes Alabama a lot too. I think it could come down to those two but I don't want to speak for him. I just think it would be great to play together beyond high school and maybe in the same defensive backfield. But we'll see."
Will the switch in schools affect his recruiting at all?
"Not a bit, I'm headed to Clemson and not looking at anyone else," he said. "I'm 100-percent solid, no visits other than to Clemson."
And if his buddy Gilmore picks Alabama?
"I'll wish him well and Clemson plays Alabama in the first game of this season next year so I'll be talking to him then."
Holloman will play safety on defense at his new school and some quarterback and some wideout on offense. He wants to be a safety in college at Clemson and that's where the Tigers want him. However, based on his size and frame, many think he'll grow into a linebacker.
"I hope not but if that happens then I'll give my all at that position as well," Holloman said. "I'm about 210 pounds right now and I work out hard and often and I know I can't get much bigger than 220 or 225 pounds in college or I'm a linebacker so I'm working on getting faster and stronger but also keeping my body fat low and staying lean."
Holloman bench presses 270 pounds, squats 400 pounds and runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, great numbers for a safety. He had two interceptions, two forced fumbles and 50 tackles as a junior at Independence while also splitting time playing quarterback. He boasts a 3.8 GPA.