Salpointe Catholic 2016 prospect Justin Holt is one of the rare defensive linemen recruits that might have legitimate hopes of playing as a freshman.
“The thing I have to do is continue to put on good weight,” Holt said. “If I can get to that point where I’m 300 pounds, but still moving well, that is something that will do really well for me when I start to play at Arizona.
“I know Coach Casteel and the others guys are excited for me to get there.”
Holt has no issue recruiting others to come to Arizona and believes Salpointe will continue to bring in more talent.
“If anybody asks I will for sure talk about why Arizona is the place to go to," he said, "Local guys like Arizona though. It’s not that difficult to see why.
“The thing about Salpointe is there will be other good players coming in each season. I mean, this is the place where you expect to win state titles.
"We’re a year off from that right now, but we can get back. Basically the next season is about winning state and it will be easier with my decision made.”
The three-star lineman feels he committed to Arizona at just the right time.
“I didn’t want to commit too early and was ready to commit when I did," Holt said. "There was always a good chance that I would end up there.
"My father has nothing but good things to say about it, and when Coach Rich Rod made me a priority it became an easier decision after awhile."
Some schools are trying to get Holt to change his mind, but to no avail.
"I still get recruiting letters and that kind of stuff, but it doesn’t matter," he said. "I’m going to be a Wildcat. I get to stay home and play for a program that is getting better and better.”