AU Commit Holland Stands Out At Elite Camp

Auburn commitment Jake Holland talks about his performance at Sunday's Elite Camp.

Pelham, Ala.--Jake Holland didn't need to compete at Sunday's Southeastern Elite Camp in Tuscaloosa. After all he already has 16 offers and a verbal commitment to play football for the Auburn Tigers.

None of that was on his mind though as he says it was all about the competition and proving himself against the best.

"I just came out and wanted to have fun because I've already committed," Holland tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "There was no pressure. I just thought I would go out there and compete with all of the top prospects in the state and the Southeast. I just wanted to have fun."

Jake Holland has the size and speed to play early for the Tigers.

Along with teammate Nigel Terrell, Holland was part of a very impressive linebacker group on Sunday including C.J. Mosley from Theodore and Jawara White from Charles Henderson in Troy. More than holding his own with the top names, Holland showed that he belongs in the group of upper echelon backers in Alabama for the 2010 class.

"I feel like I did pretty well competing with those guys," Holland says. "It lets me know where I stand with all of the top prospects."

At 6-1, 230 pounds, Holland showed exceptional quickness and also his speed during one-on-one drills with the running backs and tight ends. Possessing great feet and also a physical nature that has been honed by time in the weight room, Holland is quickly moving up the ranks as one of the top linebacker prospects in the Southeast following his showing on Sunday.

That's good news for Auburn as the Tigers need plenty of help at linebacker in next year's class. Projected as a middle linebacker because of his size, but also with the speed to play outside if needed, Holland will be an important addition to Ted Roof's defense in the coming years. He says now that he's committed, he's focusing on getting ready for spring football and his senior year at Pelham.

"Everything has slowed down a lot," Holland says. "I'm just really enjoying being an Auburn Tiger."

Already committed, Holland says at the moment he's not planning on attending any camps, but notes he hopes to make several more trips to Auburn between now and the start of his senior season just to become more familiar with his future coaches.

As a junior Holland finished with 129 tackles in 11 games and made 74 solo tackles. He also recorded two sacks and eight quarterback hurries, had one interception, recovered one fumble and caused five more.

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