"Billy and I, we went up to Massillon, we were there to see another guy. We weren't recruiting anybody [specifically] at that school, but it's a great school," Holliday recalled. "So we went in and Nate was in there. He was committed to Cincinnati at the time and we wished him luck and that.
"All of a sudden, he wasn't real happy with what was happening at Cincinnati, and picks up the phone and calls Billy. Kaleb did the same thing."
Not that you would expect him to say otherwise, but Holliday feels the overflowing class will fill many needs, both immediate and long-term.
And so on. And don't forget receiver Angelo Jean-Louis and tight end Deontay McManus, both nonqualifiers who became eligible in December and even took part in bowl practices. Also, defensive back Chocolate Wilson is due to shed his nonqualifier status in May.
The two lost recruits included Josh Black, the Tampa, Fla., linebacker who decided to stay home and play for South Florida. That wasn't a total surprise, but this was - wide receiver Quincy Perdue shifted gears and signed with Alabama-Birmingham, a school not linked to Perdue by any recruiting-oriented site. The Blazers have a new coach staff led by Bill Clark.
The Herd did fend off East Carolina for Hyleck Foster, the Gaffney, S.C., product ticketed for slot receiver.
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