Some of those rumors centered around issues such as coaching tenure, especially in the future. Something that was put to rest almost as soon as Holt got to campus last weekend.
"Coach Roof is going to be there and he's going to get Duke turned around and transformed into a winning program. That's a big deal to me. I'm excited about that. Whenever you go 1-10 like they did, you have to worry about changes. I wanted to make sure of some things and now I am."
Holt spent the weekend being shown around from the person who is no doubt most excited to have him on board – rising sophomore quarterback, Zack Asack.
"He was a great host. He told me how happy he is to have a bunch of talented offensive linemen coming into the program. He said they need to keep bringing in guys like me."
Holt projects as an academic qualifier and had earned scholarship offers from NC State, Clemson, West Virginia, Indiana, Maryland, Wake Forest, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Missouri and South Florida among others, before committing to Duke. He is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com.
At 6-6, 300 pounds, Holt has emerged as one of Florida's top linemen. He graded out in the 90's this year on blocking assignments and averaged around seven pancake blocks per game.