A 6-0, 160-pounder with 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, Holder was a reserve as a sophomore before moving into the starting lineup in 2010 as a junior. Recording four interceptions and 40 tackles as a junior, he said that he grew a lot as a player last season thanks to some help from his friends.
"I feel like I got more aggressive," Holder said. "A bunch of my peers, one of them now plays at Syracuse (Jeremi Wilkes), I just always watched him because he was older. He showed me how it was done. Just kind of took me in when I came from junior varsity."
Still waiting for his first offer, Holder said at the moment he's hearing from several schools including the hometown South Florida Bulls and another Big East school.
"I have a friend at UCONN (Connecticut) and he said the coaches up there like me and are going to call me," Holder said. "Western Kentucky and South Florida have sent me letters. Northwestern sent me a letter saying they want to get to know me and my family. I sent my highlight tape off and I've heard from Kansas State already from that."
Also hearing from Maryland, North Texas, Buffalo and Ball State, Holder said growing up in Florida there are several teams he likes and has enjoyed watching over the years including a past national champion and the current national champion.
With a season of starting under his belt Holder said he wants to get bigger and stronger heading into his senior year, which in turn should help his game. He said one of the biggest things he wants to improve on though is just becoming a smarter player.
"There are always so many things to learn," Holder said. "I heard a good quote from the USF basketball coach. He said ‘Learn to listen and listen to learn'. I just always try to put that into everything I do because you can always learn to do something better.'
Currently participating in track this spring, Holder recently recorded a long jump of 21'2", good enough for the third-best jump in Hillsborough County this year.