By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (January 26, 2015) — After helping Dublin achieve its mission to “restore the roar” with its first playoff win in 50 years, senior quarterback Brady Holleman is ready to take on his next gridiron challenge.
And he’ll do it as a Tarleton State Texan.
Holleman, 17, committed verbally to Tarleton during a Monday evening home visit from head coach Cary Fowler and assistant head coach Mason Miller.
“I guess it just felt right,” said Holleman, who made an official visit to Tarleton last week. “The coaches there really reached out to me and made me feel like I was wanted there. Everyone I met there was really nice, and it was just a great atmosphere.”
Holleman passed for more than 2,000 yards and rushed for more than 400 on his way to earning District 10-3A Division II Offensive MVP and Abilene Reporter-News All-Big Country honors.
“I don’t even know how to describe it all,” said Holleman of his historic senior year in Dublin and the recruiting process. “Getting into the playoffs and winning a playoff game was awesome, and after that, I was just wondering if any college coaches would be interested. Then last week, getting the call from Tarleton and meeting the coaches and everyone there, it was unexpected and exciting.”
Dublin head coach Bob Cervetto said he wasn’t a bit surprised.
“Brady has such a high ceiling because he’s so young and so strong,” said Cervetto. “We have seen him come such a long way as both an athlete and as a young man here in Dublin, and I can’t wait to see how he continues to develop at Tarleton. I’m glad he’s staying close to home so we can all witness it.”
One report suggested Holleman was also contacted by Midwestern State, a Lone Star Conference rival of Tarleton’s. He also made a visit to Division III Howard Payne University in Brownwood.
National Signing Day is Tuesday, February 3. Cervetto said a small ceremony will be held at Dublin High School.