Auburn Still On Top For Holland

Auburn is still the leader for big-time linebacker Jeff Holland after his return trip to the Plains on Friday.

A visitor to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend, big-time linebacker Jeff Holland left the Plains with the Tigers as his leader. Since that time he has visited Georgia, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame and most recently Alabama.

After seeing many of the top programs in the country, Holland was back at Auburn on Friday on his way back to Jacksonville, Fla. Stopping in along with teammates such as former FSU commitment Kendrick Norton, Holland said it was good to get back and see everyone again.

"I just came back to say what's up to the coaches, see how everything is going around here and just show my face," Holland said. "

"I liked all of them," he added of his previous visits. "I liked Notre Dame a lot, and Michigan. I did a lot up there. I got to see the great facilities and all the great players that have been through there. I liked it a lot."

While he liked both the Fighting Irish and the Wolverines, Holland said Auburn is still at the top of his list as he prepares to make an early decision sometime before he graduates from Trinity Christian in December.

"Yes sir. I just like the coaching staff. I like the scheme. I like everything about it. Coach Malzahn is a great guy. I like everything about it.

"I feel real comfortable here," he added. "It's a great place to be. There are a lot of great people around here."

One of the biggest reasons for Holland's comfort level with the Tigers is his relationship with Rodney Garner and Ellis Johnson. Being recruited by Auburn's defensive line coach and with Johnson the man who would be his position coach, Holland said both give him a good feeling about the Tigers.

"They are great guys," Holland said. "They know the game and have coached a lot of players. All the players they have coached are very successful."

Another plus for the Tigers is having a family member with Auburn ties to tell him all about life on the Plains. Auburn basketball letterman in 1983-84 and 1984-85, Carey Holland was part of Auburn's SEC Tournament Championship team and is the uncle of the current four-star linebacker. Needless to say he wants to bloodlines to continue at Auburn.

"They're just going to support me wherever I go," Holland said, "but my uncle wants me to come here."

Saying that Auburn isn't pushing him to make a decision just yet, Holland said at the moment he's still in no rush to make his decision but with the December deadline looming the pressure is increasing. That's one of the reasons for his busy week, something Holland said is an important part of the process.

"It's very important because you can't just jump up and say, ‘I want to go here.' You've got to actually see it," Holland said. "I just want to thank my coaches for taking out the time from their families for doing that. They're just taking me around everywhere to see great new places like Ohio State, Notre Dame."

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