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Former SHS, USC Gamecock Holladay transferring to North Greenville

By J. SCOTT SEWELL jscott@theitem.com
Posted 6/24/19

Former Sumter High School first baseman Jordan Holladay entered the NCAA transfer portal last week, and it didn't take him long to make a decision.

He decided to transfer to NCAA Division II powerhouse North Greenville by the end of the week to …

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Former SHS, USC Gamecock Holladay transferring to North Greenville

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Former Sumter High School first baseman Jordan Holladay entered the NCAA transfer portal last week, and it didn't take him long to make a decision.

He decided to transfer to NCAA Division II powerhouse North Greenville by the end of the week to continue his baseball career.

"Basically I got cut, so (it) wasn't really my choice," Holladay said of his decision to enter the portal. "Growing up as a Gamecocks fan it was always a dream come true, and I just took it as a learning experience with how different baseball is, and what kind of effort you need to put into it."

Holladay hit .388 with eight home runs and 30 runs batted in in his senior year at Sumter High, but was forced to redshirt his freshman season at USC after a broken finger cut his 2018 season short. He got one hit in 13 at-bats before being shut down with the injury.

He then played sparingly in 2019, batting .238 with six RBI in 42 at-bats for a USC team that went 28-28 overall and 8-22 in the Southeastern Conference.

Holladay heads to a North Greenville team that's established itself as one of the best DII programs in the country. The Crusaders have won at least 45 games in the past two seasons and a total of 164 games over the previous four seasons.

NGU was 45-11 this past season. It reached the DII Super Regional round where it was swept by Catawba in a best-of-3 series.

"I think that was the best place for me to play and win," said Holladay. "I had a lot of other colleges contact me, but (I) wanted to stay in state, and I just figured North Greenville was the best place for me."

Holladay was already very familiar with the North Greenville program. "I've got a cousin that plays there. Dawson Price from Sumter High plays there. I played with Matt Williams at USC, and he's a graduate assistant there," said Holladay. "They were all talking to me about it, so I eventually reached out and went on a visit. I really liked the coaches there and what they had to offer."

North Greenville's head coach is Landon Powell, the former USC All-American catcher. Jon Coutlangus, another former Gamecock, is the pitching coach, and the hitting coach is Tyler Jackson, who played at Robert E. Lee Academy in Bishopville and with College of Charleston.

Holladay will have three years of eligibility remaining at North Greenville, which has a massive hole in its lineup at first base after Adam Sasser. exhausted his eligibility this past season.

Sasser, who originally played at the University of Georgia, was the All-Conference Carolinas first team first baseman.