All-Star Recruit Impressed With AU's Effort

Jake Holland discusses his visit to the Iron Bowl and why he is excited about the future of the Auburn football program as he prepares for his all-star trip.

Pelham, Ala.--After finishing his high school football season with an impressive number of tackles, Auburn commitment Jake Holland was ready to line up and make some stops against his future team's archrival when he visited Jordan-Hare Stadium for the annual Iron Bowl game on Friday.

Fully aware that the Tigers entered the contest with just three healthy scholarship linebackers, Holland says, "I was ready to suit up."

Unfortunately for the Tigers, they have to wait until Holland graduates from high school to put him on the field in an Auburn uniform.

Holland, who made 153 tackles as a linebacker for Pelham High in 10 games this season, says he was impressed with the intensity of the Auburn defense and the entire team as the Tigers fell 26-21 to Alabama.

"Auburn played really well," he says. "I wish we could have pulled out the win, but we will get them next year. I see great things coming for the future of Auburn football, especially with this class coming in. All I have to say is Bama knows what is coming and we are going to get them next year."

Holland points out that he talked to a lot of recruits who were at the Iron Bowl, something that is a regular habit for the linebacker when he comes to Auburn games. "I always talk to the recruits," he says. "We (the other commitments) walk around and talk to everybody. I think everybody enjoyed the visit. It was just a great game all-around. Everybody had a lot of fun."

Holland has one more football game to play as a high school senior. He has been selected to participate in the Under Armour All-American Game that will be played on January 2nd at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., home of Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

"I have been training for the game the past few weeks," Holland says. "I have to work off all of that Thanksgiving food. I am working on getting my body in shape, keeping up my speed so I will be ready for this game."

The teams will train at the Disney World complex in the Orlando area beginning Dec. 29th. "I am planning on going early to visit Disney World," Holland says.

The linebacker notes that he talked to Ted Roof after the Iron Bowl Game, the man who will be his position coach and defensive coordinator at Auburn. "He said he can't wait for me to get there," Holland says. "I just had an all-around good time on my visit. I was really happy with how well we played and how physical we played. I just wish we had won the game."

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