Florida Offensive Lineman Has Many Options

Jarrod Holt, one of the top prospects on Duke's recruiting board in 2006, has nearly 20 offers.

Growing up in a house with two older brothers who now play college football at Virginia and NC State, Clearwater, Fla. standout offensive lineman Jarrod Holt got early preparation to be in the situation he's now in.

At 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds, Holt is one of the top offensive line prospects in the state of Florida. "I didn't start playing football until my freshman year of high school," Holt said. "But I went to a lot of camps and stuff when I was younger. I was on the swimming teams, the tennis teams, and things like that. However, football's in my family and my brothers have really prepared me well. They're always helping me with technique and things like that."

Holt, who is a full academic qualifier (3.6 GPA/1030 SAT), is coming off a strong junior season. "I felt like I had a great junior year," he said. "I was averaging about eight pancakes a game and really did well. I'm trying to take it to another level since this is my senior year. I'm working out with the football team four days a week and also doing basketball practices in the open gym. I'm trying to get in shape."

Holt says his intensity on the field is something that separates him from a lot of other linemen and that's another reason why he's being so heavily recruited. "I have 15 offers on the table at home and five or six more that are on the way," he said. "Some of my favorites right now of those who have offered are Pittsburgh, Duke, Wake Forest, USF, and Vanderbilt."

Holt also received May recruiting calls from both Florida and Miami and hopes to impress those coaching staffs this coming weekend. "I leave Friday night for Miami's camp on Saturday," he said. "I'll be there for a day and will go straight from there to Gainesville for a one day camp at Florida. Hopefully I'll show those guys I'm capable of playing there."

Holt says he would like to have a decision made by the end of summer. "That's the plan," he said. "I just want to be able to make the right choice based on all the factors."

Having brothers playing at two separate ACC schools may raise some questions on whether or not he'll follow them to school. "Virginia isn't recruiting me at all," he said. "NC State is on me heavy. However, that's not a big deal to me. I have to make my own decision."

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