Future Tiger Adding Size Prior to Reporting

Auburn signee Jake Holland hopes to continue to get bigger and better as he prepares for college football.

Pelham, Ala.--Auburn signee Jake Holland says that his future position coach and defensive coordinator, Ted Roof, has told the Pelham High School star that he needs him to be ready to compete for playing time when preseason practices start in August.

Jake Holland, an Under Armour All-American middle linebacker, points out that he is doing his best to make sure that happens.

"That is something Coach Roof and I have talked about and hopefully by doing a lot of extra work I will be ready for that," he says.

Like all Auburn football signees, Holland received a workout plan from strength and conditioning coach Kevin Yoxall after signing day that will help the players report to campus in good shape.

"I am doing a little bit of Yox and little bit on my personal trainer stuff just kind of switching it up," Holland says. "I?have got a speed trainer and a trainer for strength. I am trying to throw everything into the mix to get the best of both worlds."

Holland made 153 tackles with three interceptions and recovered three fumbles while earning Class 6A All-State honors as a senior after committing early to Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers. He helped the AU coaches recruit and Holland took special interest in watching two of his future teammates, linebacker Jessel Curry and defensive end Craig Sanders, play in Auburn's A-Day game on Saturday.

Both of those players graduated from high school early and enrolled at AU in January. "I thought my boys, Jessel and Craig, played pretty good," he says, adding that he is looking forward to joining them. "I will be in Auburn in a couple of months."

Jake Holland is shown in action as a senior at Pelham High.

When he arrives on campus the six-foot-two linebacker hopes to be larger than he is now. "I am close to 235,"?he says. "I am trying to get to 240 so I am five or six pounds away."

With the Tigers short on depth at linebacker, both Holland and Curry should have an excellent chance to play this season as true freshmen.

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