Holder makes 22 for Cardinals

Despite less than stellar weather of the weekend, Ball State was able to land a verbal commitment from the Sunshine State.

It might have been cold in Muncie (or at least colder than the unusually mild winter had thus far shown) and there might have been snow on the ground, but that wasn't enough to disway Tampa, FL (Catholic) DB Tyree Holder from verbally committing to the Ball State Cardinals on Sunday.

"The cold and snow didn't bother me," Holder said of his visit. "It was actually nice to see it at its worst, so I know the weather is usually better than that." Holder, a 6-1 165 DB, who picked Ball State over offers from Toledo, Central Michigan, Washington State and Georgia Southern among others, pointed to Ball State's campus and traditionally strong Telecommunications program as main reasons for his choice.

"I loved it up there," Holder said. "I really want to be a T-Comm major, and Ball State has a great program with that and a great facility. David Letterman (TV Talk Show host) donated like $40-million for that building and everything in it is real hi-tech."

Holder, who not only is a tall corner at 6-1, but a speedy one at that (ran a 4.4 40 at the Michigan State Camp in the summer).

"I'm a tall corner so I don't get beat on the jump ball," Holder said of his game. "But I also have the speed to cover the smaller WRs. Also, I am not afraid to stick my nose in on the run game and make some plays."

Holder racked up over 30 tackles and picked off 2 passes despite teams completely avoiding his side of the field this season.

With his college choice out of the, Tyree can now focus on getting his basketball season, his Tampa Catholic team currently sits at 12-5. Holder also is a standout track athlete.

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