Dennis Pitta’s most productive year in college was 2008 when he recorded 83 catches for 1,083 yards scoring six touchdowns. Jonny Harline recorded 58 catches for 935 total yards and scored 12 touchdowns in his most productive year at the collegiate level.
By comparison, Lehi High School tight end Dallin Holker had an outstanding junior season last year where he recorded an amazing 105 catches for 1,295 yards and reached paydirt 11 times. Holker has committed to play for the BYU Cougars, where he hopes to continue the program’s outstanding tight end tradition.
“I was at practice [yesterday] and was talking with Coach Clark,” said Holker. “We were talking and he said, ‘Do you have any questions?’ I told him, ‘I don’t have any questions but I want to commit.’”
Not expecting that type of response, Holker caught Coach Clark by surprise.
“He was really excited. He was like, ‘Oh, what?’” said Holker with a chuckle in his voice. “It was funny. He said, ‘I thought I was going to have to recruit you until the end.’ Then Coach Clark said, ‘You need to go talk to Kalani.’ I then went and spoke with Kalani and that was really cool. I told him, ‘I’ve always thought that you guys believed in me a lot, and so it was big for me to believe in you too.’ To know that somebody believes in me the way the coaches at BYU believe in me was big for me.’ I just love how he believes in his players and loves his players and cares for his players. Kalani is awesome!”
Prior to driving down to BYU to watch practice, Holker had already decided that he was going to commit to Coach Sitake. Being around the coaches and players only confirmed to him that committing to BYU was the right choice.
“I knew that I was going to commit to BYU before I came down,” said Holker. “Coming down to watch BYU’s practice and talking to all the coaches and players, who are so nice, made me want to commit even more. I love their players and just felt like this is the team I really want to play for. I feel like I fit in well with their offense and fit in well with everyone down there. Now that I’ve committed to BYU I can now focus on my senior season without any distractions.”
While attending practice Holker watched the tight end position intently. While taking in practice, he stood next to BYU’s tight end group, where he was able to engage in some small talk.
“The practice was sweet and they utilized the tight ends a lot,” said Holker. “I got a chance to see Moroni [Laulu-Pututau] play and he’s awesome! I was standing next to them on the sidelines so I got a chance to talk to all of them. They were talking to me and asking me, ‘How’re you doing?’ and ‘Where are you from?’ and things like that. They knew that I had a BYU offer and were really nice to me.”
The tight end position is being retooled as a major weapon within BYU’s offensive scheme under offensive coordinator Ty Detmer. Being a part of an offensive focus with this endeavor in mind was an attractive proposition for Holker.
“I can’t wait to play in Coach Detmer’s offense, and I know the tight end position is going play a major role in their offense,” said Holker. “It’s not just going to be a position that there on paper but a position that will play a role in the program’s success in the future.”
Holker held four scholarship offers with other colleges showing interest, but he felt BYU was place that best suited him.
“The only other teams I was looking at and had offers from are Oregon State, Hawaii, and Utah State,” Holker said. “BYU for me was definitely the top pick. Utah is recruiting as well as Nebraska and UCLA but that was pretty much it.”
Although Holker is a junior in high school and currently standing 6-4, 220 pounds, he’s only 16 years old currently. By the time he arrives at BYU he could conceivably be even bigger. He has plans to serve a mission following high school graduation.
“Yeah, I hope so because I’m only 16 years old right now, so I could get taller by the time I graduate next year,” said Holker. “I turn 17 in April. I’m going to try and graduate early next year so I can go on my mission. BYU is a LDS school so I know they’ll support my decision no matter what.”