Blue Devils Offer Bama Linebacker

Jake Holland, linebacker from Pelham, Ala., is watching his recruitment take flight. He had a great junior season by recording 129 tackles in 11 games. He talked about the early offers and Junior Day visits.

"I have offers from Duke and UAB," said Jake Holland. "I have also received verbal offers from South Alabama and Vanderbilt. I have received interest from South Carolina, Alabama, Wake Forest, UCF and Stanford as well."

Holland picked up an offer from Kansas State after our initial conversation.

"I am excited about the K-State offer because number one, Coach Snyder's reputation," he said. "He came out of retirement to turn the program back around, and based on his track record of success he'll do that."

"Also, it's my first Big 12 offer, and that's exciting. I like the major choices there as well. They concentrate on degrees in some of the areas that I am interested in."

"I am being recruited by Coach Cosh. He is the defensive coordinator, and the LB coach. I really like him. His oldest son J.J. plays slotback at Navy and is the same age as my older brother Wes. They came in together in '07 at Navy and both play RB. My Dad also got to know Coach Cosh through that connection."

"I don't know when I will visit. Maybe this summer or possibly an official visit this fall, but I would like to check it their campus."

"I went to Wake Forest for their Junior Day. I am going to Alabama this weekend. I am looking forward to my visit to Alabama. I have been to Alabama a few times for games and A-Day. This time I'll be able to sit down with the coaches."

Holland talked more about the visit to Winston-Salem to visit the Demon Deacons.

"The visit to Wake Forest was really nice," he said. "I really liked it up there. I liked spending time with the coaches. It's a beautiful campus. I spent some time with coach [Brad] Lambert. He said he really liked me. He said they are going to evaluate my film and go from there."

"I like the coaches up there. I think they have a good program. I like the campus. I know it's a great school. It's one of the Top 15 in the nation. They produce great players like Aaron Curry."

The Pelham native will travel Saturday to Tuscaloosa for the Tide's second Junior Day.

"I have grown up an Alabama fan my whole life," said Holland. "I know a lot about the program, but not a lot about the coaches. I have never really sat down with them. Coach [Kevin] Steele was recruiting me, but he left for Clemson."

Holland does not list any early favorites, but he knows what to look for in a school. The time-frame for a decision is uncertain.

"I am keeping my options open for now," he said. "To be honest I really don't know when I will make a decision. It's early in the process. I know I am looking for a good education. I want to see where I fit in best."

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker is working hard in the off-season preparing for a stellar senior season.

"I am working with my team getting really strong," Holland explained. "I am working on my speed. I run a 4.56-40. I want to finish the tackle. My biggest strength is speed, explosiveness and tackling. I am a good all-around player."

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