Florida OL Taking It All In

With the class of 2006 beginning to slowly take shape within the walls of the Yoh Building, the Blue Devil coaching staff has begun to slowly trim the recruiting boards from various regions to a select few prospects. One big offensive lineman from Florida, will remain on that list, and has been in possession of a Duke offer for nearly two months.

ACC Football is a big part of Jarrod Holt's family. His two older brothers, Joe and Jon, are both letter winners in the nation's top conference with Joe graduating from Virginia, and Jon currently battling for Chuck Amato's Wolfpack every weekend in Raleigh. So, to say the 6-foot-6, 300 pound Florida lineman has had a chance to see what big time recruiting means – and he'll know how to handle it.

"I'm not really worried about distance from home. The chance to earn a degree from a good school, while having a successful football career is what I am looking for. Those two things will be big in my decision."

Speaking of big, Holt knows how to use every bit of his frame, which was on display in a big way at the recent Scout.com All-America Combine at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

"My goal was to see how I graded out against other top players from Florida. It was a good experience and only will make be better working out against that kind of player."

Last fall, Holt had a dominating junior season, finishing the season with a 93 percent blocking grade. He had 48 pancake blocks in seven games and was the 2004 Offensive Player of the Year at Clearwater (Fla.) High.

And while he's grading out well as an offensive lineman, he's also grading well as a student, sporting a nearly 3.5 grade point average for his high school career. With no problems expected on the standardized testing portion of his efforts to qualify for Division I competition, Holt has earned several looks from high major programs including a number of "academic" programs.

Duke was among the first programs to offer Holt, and was soon followed by Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. He's also sporting written offers from Rutgers, Kentucky, and Pittsburgh, with more offers likely on the way.

"Duke, Florida, Georgia Tech, and Tennessee were all here this spring and I've had a chance to talk to some others. I've also had a chance to visit several schools including Duke and I went to Florida's junior day."

And what kind of impressions did he come away with from his trip to Durham?

"The visit to Duke was in the spring. I had a chance to tour the campus and facilities. I was very impressed with it all. They are really working hard to build the program up there."

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