Midwest City (Okla.) Carl Albert High School offensive lineman Caleb Holland has nine Division 1 offers and could soon reach double digits after a positive visit to Arkansas State. Holland, a 6-foot-2, 258-pound offensive guard/center, made the trip from the Oklahoma City area to Jonesboro with his father to meet with the coaching staff.
"We arrived around noon and were met by Brandon Hall, Coach Malzahn, and Coach Lashlee, the offensive coordinator," said Caleb Holland. "They showed us around the campus and then we ate lunch. I got to talk with some of the players walking by. David Oku, who just transferred there, went to my high school. It was good to catch up with him.
"We watched the players working out then went up to Coach Malzahn's office. He talked to us about what's going on with the program and what direction he wants to take it in the future. Of all of my visits, I was the most impressed with Arkansas State, all things considered. It's obviously a tight-knit team with good chemistry. I liked the Christian-based aspect of the program Coach Malzahn talked about."
Holland has offers from Colorado State, Kansas, Navy, Ohio, Oregon State, Texas Tech, Utah State, Wyoming, and Northern Arizona. He's hoping he'll hear from the head coach of the Red Wolves soon to confirm his Arkansas State offer.
"Coach Hall basically told me I had an offer," said Holland, "but I haven't been told anything official from Coach Malzhan. As I was leaving, [Malzahn] told me he'd catch up with me soon. I'm sure the subject [of an offer] will come up."
As a junior, Holland played offensive guard and center for the Carl Albert. He was named All-State Honorable Mention (Oklahoma 5A). In power lifting competition, Holland's best deadlift is a hefty 715 pounds. He plans on moving to offensive tackle for the Titans as a senior.