When talented brothers follow one right after the other at the same high school, it can lead to confusion.

So, slightly more than a month ago, when an assistant football coach from Kent State showed up at West Catholic High hoping to recruit a star running back named Hollomon . . .

"My brother called me up and said Kent State wanted to talk to me," Rob Hollomon said. "They thought I was still at West. They didn't know I was at prep school. The guy gave my brother his card, I called him up and it went from there."

Now, Hollomon is going there.

Hollomon, who last year rushed for 1,953 yards and 36 touchdowns at West, and this year posted 2,000-plus yards and 20 TDs (in only eight games!) at Cushing Prep, in Massachusetts, has made an oral commitment to the Golden Flashes. (Brandon, a junior, was West's top rusher this fall.)

"From the time I called them back, I was making my official visit within a week," Rob said. "I fell in love with the school, the coaches and the players. I always wanted to be with a D-I program, and at a place where I felt wanted, and that was Kent State."

Hollomon also had contact with BYU, Boston College and Villanova, among others.

"They were all taking their time, deciding whether to offer me," he said. "Kent State showed me love from Day 1. That meant a lot."

The assistant who visited West was Richard McNutt. Later, Hollomon dealt largely with Jerry McManus, the associate head coach.

"When I called back coach McNutt that day, he told me, 'I didn't know you weren't at West anymore,' " Hollomon said. "We were laughing about it. I'm glad my brother helped me, and that this all worked out." *