Illinois Lineman Has Duke Interest

Jimmy Holtschlag was one of the best players in Illinois a year ago. The big offensive tackle had an outstanding year and was rewarded with numerous accolades. Despite not having any offers just yet, there are a number of programs who have noticed his play and he appears to be closing on a few offers.

Notre Dame High School (Quincy, IL) offensive lineman Jimmy Holtschlag had quite the junior season. His accolades were numerous. He was named 1st Team All-State by the Champaign News Gazette and the IHSFCA (Illinois High School Football Coaches Assocation). He also was honorable mention All-State by the Chicago Tribune, he was 1st team All-Conference and All-Area and if that wasn't enough, he made two academic All-State teams.

Don't think he is just a player on paper though. Holtschlag is a powerful road grader who started at both offensive and defensive tackle. He also has moved inside to guard and that could be where the 6'5, 320-lber ends up in college. At this point, no offers come through, but there are many many programs interested.

"I've heard from Illinois, Louisville, Indiana, Colorado, Missouri, Duke, Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois State and Eastern Michigan," he said.

At this point, he reports a top three of Illinois, Louisville and Indiana. He has had a chance to visit each of those three schools recently.

"Illinois was good, it was very personal and the coaches are great. Louisville wasn't bad but there were a few too many people but I had a chance to talk to their coaches. Indiana was a great time, it was very personal and I even got a run down on how their O-line functions. "

In addition to his top three, Holtschlag has also had an opportunity to visit a couple other schools who are potential suitors.

"Vanderbilt had fun coaches," he reported, "and Missouri was personal but a little disappointing because I was unable to speak with the O-Line coach."

While he has played both sides of the ball, Holtschlag is being recruited mainly as an offensive lineman. An outstanding student in the classroom, academics will be part of the equation for his final decision.

"Majors available," he responded when asked what he looks for in a school, "the people, camps and distance from home."

Holtschlag said he would like to make a commitment before his senior season of football begins in August.

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