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Rosman's Holliday Signs With Wingate Bulldogs - Rosman, NC


February 8, 2018

After a senior season where he emerged as one of the top defenders in Western North Carolina, Jonathan Holliday took things to next level Wednesday morning as he signed his letter of commitment to join the Wingate football program.

Holliday was a three-year player for the Tigers, spending most of his sophomore and junior seasons on the offensive side of the ball as part of Rosman's stable of running backs.

In his senior year, under new head coach Matt Stack, his focus shifted to defense and he quickly became one of the team's defensive leaders as middle linebacker.

He finished the season with 139 total tackles – nearly triple the amount he had as a junior – and averaged just shy of 12 tackles per game over 12 games.

His biggest game came against Andrews when he put together a 20-tackle performance to help the Tigers pick up a tough road win against the Yellowjackets.

Holliday's season numbers put him among the top five in total tackles in WNC.

Speaking after the ceremony, Holliday said it was a great feeling to move on and play football at the next, which was something he didn't think was previously possible.

"This is very surreal. I never thought I could achieve this, but it's been fun and I'm glad I can continue playing football," he said.

When asked what the biggest development was in his game from his junior to senior season, Holliday attributed much of his success to a rigorous offseason training regimen.

"I started working out a lot. I hit the weight room and coach Stack helped me out with my fundamentals," Holliday said.

Holliday played two of his three varsity seasons under former Tiger head coach Freddie Whitman before finishing up his high school career under Stack.

He said he enjoyed his time playing under the new coach, but added that it wasn't easy adapting to a new system.

"It was very different and there was a lot to get used to," he said.

In terms of his future with the Bulldogs, Holliday said Wingate recruited him as a linebacker, but expects to start off his collegiate career on the special teams unit.

As for academics, Holliday said he plans on majoring in exercise science and would like to be a head coach one day.


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