2014 recruit: Deonte Holden

Dematha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD) defensive-end Deonte Holdenis a recruit to keep an eye on. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about his offer from East Carolina.

Deonte Holden, DE, 6-4, 220 lbs, Dematha Catholic High School, Hyattsville, Maryland

Interview transcript

Which coach contacted you with your offer? What did they tell you about ECU?

"It was (Defensive Line) Coach (Marc) Yellock who gave me the offer," Holden said. "Basically he said really liked me and told me they would use me at OLB too. He said I'd come out and compete for playing time early on."

Being from Maryland, how much do you know about ECU?

"I didn't know much before, but now that I have the offer I'm definitely going to look more into what they're all about."

What have you thought about studying in college?

"I plan on studying architecture, business management, computer science and being an entrepreneur."

What schools have you visited? Have you been to ECU yet?

"I haven't been there yet," Holden said. "The only places I have visited are Temple and NC State, I'm still talking with my dada about where my next visits will be."

I heard you want an offer from Maryland, have they been showing interest? What schoold have been talking to you?

"I have heard from them," Holden said. "They told me they'd like me to come out to their spring games along with Duke, Miami, West Virginia, Rutgers and Georgia Tech. They've all been sending me mail and staying in contact."

Talk a little about yourself. What is the school you sign with getting when you sign that letter of intent?

"I'm a highly motivated guy; I never quit on plays and always stay running toward the ball. No matter how far it gets away from me, I stay in pursuit, because you never know what could happen. I'm a hard worker who's very ambitious; I also look at myself as a leader and try to keep my team up. It can be an emotional game so I like to make sure I'm staying positive."

What are you working to improve on this off-season? Are you going to any camps or combines?

"Everything," Holden said. "I want to become more of a complete player, no matter how good you are at something there is always room to improve. I'm working on gaining weight, my quickness, hands, footwork and opening my hips as a linebacker. I'm going to the Nike Football Training Camp this Sunday and will be trying to make The Open."

What's it going to take to get you interested in ECU more than the rest?

"I really don't need much, I just want to feel comfortable in the school socially and being with my team."

Who is your biggest role model?

"Ray Lewis, I listen to him all the time before workouts and games," Holden said. It's all about effort with him; he didn't get to where he was because of physical attributes. It's about heart too, I may not be the biggest or fastest guy on the field but I'll never quit. I went to an NFL showcase camp one time and it was held at M & T Bank Stadium (home of the Baltimore Ravens) it was a great experience."

Signing day is far away, but when would you like to make your decision?

"Right now I don't know, I am trying to see how many offers I can get and research the schools. I'll see which one makes me feel the most comfortable, but I want to keep my focus on next season as well because we plan on winning the state championship."

Final thoughts

Deonte Holden is a big defensive-end with a lot of burst coming off the line. After speaking with him, it's apparent this prospect has his mind in the right place and no quit in him. If Holden signed, the Pirates would be landing a hard-worker they can to add to their bevy of defensive linemen. His offers include UNC Charlotte, Cincinnati Hawaii, Iowa, N.C. State, Old Dominion, Temple, Toledo and now ECU. Holden wants to see an offer come in from Maryland, the Terrapins have been communicating with him.

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