Holland Getting Focused On Senior Season

Jake Holland discusses the spring, his plans for the summer and his goals for his senior season.

Pelham, Ala.— Recruiting is done with for Jake Holland and so is spring practice. With the last day of school on Thursday at Pelham High School, the middle linebacker will have all summer to prepare for a lofty goal of his.

"I'm working on No. 1 linebacker in the state," he notes. "Hopefully, I can get that."

There are several D-I linebacker prospects in the state including teammate Nigel Terrell, Jawara White of Charles Henderson, C.J. Moseley of Theodore, Barry James of Williamson and many more.

"I'm probably not going to any camps this summer," he explains. "I don't know about any combines. I'll probably just relax and work out during the summer. I'm going to mom's and she lives in Panama City so I won't be doing many camps."

Asked what feedback he's gotten from college coaches, Holland responds, "They like me overall I guess. They just say I'm an overall good player."

The 6-1, 228 linebacker says he projects in the middle or weakside in college.

"The main adjustment is not going to be the size, even though that's a big adjustment, but it's the speed of the game really," Holland states. "I think I can adjust to that pretty fast because the region we play in is fast. I feel like I can make the adjustment quick.

"I think I need this year to prepare," Holland adds. "I definitely need my senior year to prepare and then I'll be fine. I want to finish up my senior year strong with nothing on my mind and free to go. The recruiting process is over."

He committed to Auburn on April 4, but is still drawing scholarship offers and hearing from schools other than Auburn.

"Basically I say that I'm firm with Auburn still," he says. "They ask me, if there is anything that happens will they still be able to work me, and I say sure. You never know, things could happen, but I'm firm with Auburn."

Auburn is expected to take four linebackers in the class of 2010. Holland says he's been working on getting Terrell to commit as well as Jess Lanier's Ladarius Owens. Owens plays defensive end in high school but is being recruited by most schools as a linebacker. Pelham finished its spring practice last Friday against Owens' Lanier team in a scrimmage.

"I felt like this whole spring we improved as a team mainly through experience," Holland says. "Most of my class has played since we've been sophomores, so we definitely have the experience factor. I felt like we did decent this game. Definitely the second half was better. We came out, changed a few things and did a lot better in the second half."

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