Holland Excited About AU Offer And Visit

Auburn is looking for linebacker help in the 2010 class.

Pelham, Ala.--A linebacker that has started to garner interest from top programs including an offer from Auburn last week, Jake Holland took a trip to the Plains for junior day on Saturday and says for him it was a very good visit.

"It was great," the 6-1, 230 Holland says. "I got to know them a little more. I really got along with them well. The chemistry was good. I related with them really well.

"I really like the facilities," Holland adds. "The coaches are great people. I got along with them really well. I really like the environment, it's a family environment. Everything is real relaxed."

Already holding offers from Duke, Kansas State, UAB and Vanderbilt, Holland says he was thrilled to get an offer from the Tigers and coach Tommy Thigpen last week. That made it even more important for him to travel to Auburn on Saturday and get to know Gene Chizik and the rest of Auburn's new coaching staff.

"I was excited, really excited," Holland says about the offer. "It was my second SEC offer. I was really ecstatic about it. Saturday was real important for me because I have been waiting to meet the guys in person, really get to know them. I wanted to see if I got along with them, which I did. I had a great time."

While many players will take lots of junior day visits between now the end of the school year, Holland says his mind is on his team and trying to get the Panthers ready for a strong 2009 season.

"I'm not sure," Holland says of possible visits elsewhere. "I want to focus on my team right now. I want to go through spring and really work hard and get ready for next year. I'll see where I go from there and see where my top college offers are. We'll see where I go from there."

His focus has been evident in his increase in size, speed and strength. Recently timed at 4.56 in the 40-yard dash, Holland has improved his bench press to 340 pounds. As a junior he had a huge season for Pelham's defense with 129 tackles, including 74 solos.

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