Holland Still High On Tigers After Big Cat

Four-star recruit Jeff Holland discusses his latest trip to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend and where he stands in the recruiting process.

Jacksonville, Fla.--On Jeff Holland's previous trip to Auburn the four-star recruit checked out the Tigers' spring game and said Coach Gus Malzahn's football team is his favorite.

Asked if Auburn is still his No. 1 college after checking out Big Cat Weekend, the Trinity Christian Academy star said, "Yes, sir."

He noted the Florida Gators are No. 2 on his list and that he wants to visit the UF campus next week, but said he doesn't plan to make a decision on his college choice until after he takes official visits. He noted the Gators are a strong number two.

Commenting on his Big Cat Weekend trip, Holland said, "I got to hang out with the coaches. There really wasn't that much recruiting--it was just hanging out."

He noted that he particularly enjoyed spending time with Malzahn, who is headed into his second season as head coach of the Tigers. "I hung out with Coach Gus. We had a great talk just about life. He shared his testimony with me and things like that."

Football-wise the prospect said he thinks he would fit "great" with Auburn's 4-2-5 defensive scheme as a hybrid linebacker/safety. "I would come in and play the ‘star' position," he said. "I could probably make a lot of plays."

Holland pointed out that he also enjoyed spending time with other prospects at the Big Cat event. "I got to hang out with a lot of big recruits," he said, noting he bonded with five-star defensive tackle Trenton Thompson from Albany, Ga.

"Me and Trenton decided we probably wanted to go to the same school together and stuff like that," said Holland, who added that Thompson told him that Auburn and Georgia are his leaders.

"I talked to his parents and he said that he liked Auburn a lot," Holland added.

The Trinity star originally planned to make the trip with his teammate and Auburn commitment, Ben Edwards. However, Edwards had to cancel because of a family function he needed to attend.

"I just hung out with the (Auburn) players a lot,'" Holland said. "They just told me how their summer camp was going and things like that."

Holland noted that it won't be long before he is back on the Auburn campus. "I am planning to be back this summer," he said.

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