Could Holt decide early?

Salpointe Catholic defensive lineman Justin Holt is one of the best players in the state for 2016. Read on to see where his decision making process is and more.

Known for his strength in the trenches, 6-foot-2, 285-pound Tucson Salpointe Catholic 2016 defensive lineman Justin Holt has also done his fair share of tutoring this season.

“Were undefeated right now and we had a pretty close game last week, but we still won,” Holt said. “We’ve leaned pretty heavily on a freshman this season and as a group we’ve all tried to make his life easier. That means giving him longer in the pocket and being able to get our defense off the field.”

Salpointe has become a destination for local D-I recruits and Holt is just the next in line.

“I’ve played with so many good players here," he said. "Last year you had two guys go to Arizona and we had some others go elsewhere.

“This year it’s no different. We have a lot of juniors here that are being recruited at the Division I level. It works for all of us because we get to scrimmage against some of the best players in the state.”

One of the main reasons why Holt will be highly recruited is because of his versatility.

“I know Coach Rodriguez likes me at center and Coach Casteel thinks I could help him out on the defensive line," he said. "I don’t really care what position I play, I just want to go somewhere I can contribute.”

Holt has visited a few colleges and it seems likely that he will be seeing more before he makes a decision.

“I’ve gone to Arizona in the past," Holt said. "It wasn’t a super in-depth tour or anything, but I was able to kind of get a feel for everything that is going on there.

“My only out of state visit was to UCLA. I didn’t meet with the coaches. I just toured with my dad. The place is beautiful.”

Don’t be surprised if Arizona pushes for an early commitment.

“I initially wanted to decide early, but the more I talked with coaches the more I heard I should wait because I will probably get more offers.

“Right now I plan on waiting until my senior season, so I can take all my visits. I want to be able to find a player’s coach to play for.”

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