Hokies High On Sophomore LB Dax Hollifield’s List

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Dax Hollifield’s secret to success is simple.

“Film and practicing very hard,” said the 6’2”, 225-pound linebacker, a sophomore at Shelby High School in North Carolina.

Hollifield certainly has been successful his first two seasons on the varsity level, helping the Golden Lions to back-to-back 2A state championship titles. As a freshman in 2014 he amassed 112 tackles including 17 tackles for loss and six sacks. Hollifield was credited with over 200 tackles and 38 tackles for loss as a sophomore.

Major college coaches recognize big-time potential in Hollifield, whose grandfather and father played college football (his grandfather at Western Carolina and his father at Wake Forest). Clemson was the first to offer, coming through in January of the Shelby star’s freshman year. Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest have since followed suit.

Virginia Tech has reason to feel confident at this early stage of Hollifield’s recruitment. For starters, the big-time inside linebacker prospect has visited Blacksburg five times in total and may return for the Spring Game on April 23. Hollifield’s potential major — Engineering — is another positive for the Hokies. As is the fact that Virginia Tech has captured the attention of Hollifield’s father.

“He likes Blacksburg most,” Hollifield wrote in a Twitter direct message. “He loves how it’s a college town and how the people love football so much. I just love it because I might want to be an engineer and the coaching staff is great.”

Hollifield took in a spring practice on his most recent visit to Blacksburg.

“I thought that it looks the same on defense but I can see that the offense is really trying to move fast,” Hollifield replied when asked for his impressions of Virginia Tech under head coach Justin Fuente.

“Coach Foster said they were in need of some linebackers. I’m that type of guy he likes to coach,” Hollifield wrote. “Me and coach Fuente just talked about everything. That was my first college practice I ever watched so he told me some things I should watch for.”

The Hokies and Tar Heels are in good position at this stage of the recruiting process; however, Hollifield states a decision