Florida Safety Talks Recruiting

A common thread in all the reports of Duke's annual football camp has been the high level of intensity mixed in with some very warm temperatures. As the class of 2011 begins to fill up the Blue Devil coaching staff is starting to fill various positions of need. One position to watch is strong safety where one Florida athlete hopes to have made an impression.

"The Duke camp was around 99 degrees and hot," said Lecanto (Fla.) High standout Addison Holstein. "The drills really pushed you and the competition was very good. I think my personal highlight was running a 4.52 forty time to start the day."

Primarily being recruited at the safety position, Holstein has earned an early offer from Stanford and is hearing from a number of schools - most of them among the nation's academic elite. So far the Cardinal are the only offer, but Holstein reports interest from Duke, Michigan State, Toledo, Vanderbilt, Central Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, Princeton, and Harvard. With regard to the Blue Devils, it appears to be a wait and see approach.

"I had a chance to talk to Coach Collins who recruits my area of Florida. He was going to look at the highlight video. Before the camp I was somewhat interested and just curious about the campus and facilities. I was very impressed with both. The practice field was really nice."

"With Duke the pros are the beautiful campus, the academics, and the opportunity to play in the ACC and closer to home. The cons would be the team is next to last in the ACC right now and the size of the school. Overall I'd say they would be among my top five along with Stanford, Michigan State, Toledo, and Central Michigan.

Holstein, who measures out at 6-foot-2, and 185 pounds reports a max bench press of 290 pounds, a max squat of 405, a max power clean of 245, and has also recorded a personal best 4.2 pro-shuttle run time and a nine foot standing broad jump.

The Devils Den Top Stories