Evander Holyfield wanted his son to go to Notre Dame


Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Senior running back recruit Elijah Holyfield recently gave Georgia his verbal commitment.

His father, boxing legend Evander Holyfield, told USA Today that he was pushing his son to go to Notre Dame.

"If you go to college you go to get an education," Holyfield told USA Today. "That’s why I tried to get him to go to Notre Dame.”

The younger Holyfield, a four-star prospect, held an offer from Notre Dame and visited South Bend in March with his father. The Irish added a commitment from running back Tony Jones Jr. shortly after the visit and Elijah Holyfield started to focus on other schools.

Notre Dame's 40-year decision recruiting pitch must have really struck a chord with Evander Holyfield.

“What are you going to do from 25-75? Education is the key," he told USA Today. "Life is more than football, just like life is more than boxing. I can’t say that Georgia can’t give him a good education, but only that at Notre Dame you’d be getting a $250,000 a year education instead of a $50,000 education.”

Elijah Holyfield, a 5-10, 204-pound back, chose the Bulldogs over Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina and Tennessee. Rivals ranks Holyfield as the No. 3 running back in the 2016 class. 247Sports slates him eighth at the position.

Senior running back recruit Elijah Holyfield recently committed to Georgia. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)