Shavar Holliday may be moving to Northern Iowa this time next year. But he’ll always maintain close ties to Auburn.
Holliday, an athletic quarterback from Lanett (Ala.) High, is a cousin of former Auburn wide receiver Jeris McIntyre. His recruiting coach at Northern Iowa, the school he committed to last month, is former Auburn linebacker Travis Williams.
On Friday, Holliday was in Auburn for a visit along with 4-star safety Tray Matthews.
“It’s been great,” Holliday said. “I like all the coaches. They are nice and they do make you feel at home.”
Northern Iowa was the first and only offer for Holliday, so far, and that’s one of the reasons he committed. He’s also built a strong relationship with Williams.
“Travis is like a best friend when he talks to you,” Holliday said. “He’s just a good guy. He’s cool. He’s loud. He talks about everything. He acts like he’s your cousin or best friend.
“He will be a confidant to you and the main thing he says is to get your work done in the classroom.”
Holliday plans to camp at several schools in the coming months hoping to earn more offers. He was at UAB Saturday and plans to camp at Alabama Monday. He’s also planning to attend the Auburn mini-camp in July.
Some other schools he’s hearing from and may camp at or visit include Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Duke and Arkansas State.
“It’s all fun but I know once I get to each one of these schools I visit, it’s going to be busy and I’m ready,” he said.
Holliday, 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, said McIntyre has been a very positive influence on him.
“He does my films. We talk on an everyday basis,” he said. “He’s been a great mentor. He’s an unbelievable guy. He’s cool. It’s good to have somebody that’s gone through this. He can help me when I need help and talk to me when I need to talk. He’s good people.”