Arizona center plans visit to West Point

Patrick Joseph was one of the first players to commit to Army last July in the Class of 2013. Despite offers from in-state Arizona and Arizona State, he held firm in his commitment to West Point on National Signing Day. His junior teammate, Bryce Holland, at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz. received an early offer from Army and has seen his recruiting amplified in recent weeks.

Patrick Joseph was one of the first players to commit to Army last July in the Class of 2013. Despite offers from in-state Arizona and Arizona State, he held firm in his commitment to West Point on National Signing Day. His junior teammate, Bryce Holland, at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz. received an early offer from Army and has seen his recruiting amplified in recent weeks. Still, he maintains strong interest in the Army program. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound center spoke to ArmySports.com about possibly reuniting with Joseph on the Army offensive line.

"Army offered me last year in the middle of October," said Holland. "When I received the offer from Coach Guyader I was extra stoked. I was so happy. After watching my film, he and Coach Ellerson liked that I'm a hard-nosed, extra physical type of player they see fitting in very well in what they do offensively.

"I'm going to try to head to [West Point] this spring. I see the Academy as a great opportunity to be a leader and build myself as a person. Essentially, it will help me out in life. The main idea of the school isn't the football program. You're just a part of the whole Academy. The players don't look to individual goals but what they can do for the betterment of the team while representing the school and the United States. All my life I've thought about being a part of the military and West Point very well could be where I meant to be."

Holland is being recruited by California, Oregon, and Wisconsin. He plans to make trips to all three this spring for practices. Holland is hitting a number of spring combines as well and is certain to get more looks from schools searching to add a quality center to their class. He said if he feels the time is right, he won't hesitate to make a commitment early on.

"If I go up to West Point and I'm so blown away," he said, "I won't think twice about committing if I feel like that's where I need to be. Right now, I've got my eyes open to all of the schools that are interested in recruiting me. I'm not looking to jump into anything but take things slowly and enjoy the process as it comes."

In his second season as a starter for the Hamilton Huskies, Holland helped his team to a 12-2 record and claim their seventh Division 1 state championship in 10 years. He was named All-State honorable mention ans second team All-Section (II) as a junior. Holland mixed it up starting six games at center and eight games at guard. He'll anchor the Huskies potent offensive line again this season with tackle Casey Tucker who committed to USC last summer.

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