Put Austin Holt on File

After wowing observers and scouts at the Scout.com combine and the Army All-American camp, Bingham High School's Austin Holt is the current frontrunner for the top tight end recruit in the west for 2008. Holt is excited to meet and exceed the early expectations that face him.

"I'm excited to go to camps this summer and to improve my game," said Austin Holt. "I started varsity last year and want to improve on all areas of my game. I didn't catch a lot of balls because I was so new, but I'm definitely looking to catch more this coming year."

What does the 6-foot-5¼, 220-pound tight end prospect want to improve upon?

"I want to get bigger and stronger mostly," said Holt. "I want to finish playing out of high school at 230 or 235. I also want to improve my speed. I can run a 4.75 forty, but I want to get faster."

Although Holt can get better, he is good enough to stand apart from the other tight ends at two high profile recruiting events. He feels that coaches must like how well he moves for a big man.

"I did the agility tests very well," said Holt. "I tested really well in the three-cone drill and other drills. I was the top tight end there running those drills. I also caught the ball well."

Holt is currently receiving a steady stream of letters from the likes of BYU, Utah, Virginia, Miami and Oregon. This summer he plans to attend BYU's camp and Oregon's NIKE camp.

"I'm so excited to get down to Provo on June 19th," said Holt. "It's awesome that it's a full-pad camp. I love that about the camp and I love BYU, so getting down there is something I'm really looking forward to."

Holt readily acknowledges his allegiance to BYU although he will certainly leave his options open in regards to the school with which he eventually signs.

"I've been a BYU fan for a long time," said Holt. "I've loved following BYU with players like Luke Staley, Brandon Doman and others. Playing for BYU would be great, but I have a long way to go and I'll certainly look at everyone."

Holt is teammates with current Cougar commit Jordan Pendleton and is anxious to join with Pendleton in winning a state championship next season.

"It's been since 1946 that Bingham won a state title and that has to change. We feel we have the best players in Utah and that we should win it all next year. I'm looking to be involved more in the offense. I will practice with the starting quarterback a lot, but it's all about winning a state championship. That's all I want right now and that's my focus."

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