Without an official offer Landon Holden of Chapman High School (Inman, SC) is still trying to get his name out there.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker said that he has been talking with Charleston Southern, Clemson, East Carolina, Liberty, Presbyterian, Wofford and Western Carolina the most this season.
“It’s been good at some points and difficult too,” Holden said. “But things have really picked up here since the season started and schools have showed more interest, it’s been good.”
The linebacker has said that ECU’s stadium and facilities were nice and noted that the program was on the rise. One factor that Holden listed was the coaching staff. Holden has been impressed by the coaching staff at ECU and believes they have done a good job.
ECU’S coach Garrett Riley came to Chapman high school in the spring to watch a practice but hasn’t heard a lot from the staff recently.
The underrated linebacker said that his number one factor is education. Having his intended major of health and exercise science in the medical field is a must when looking at a school.
Holden also has a relationship with current Pirate Malik Gray who played quarterback two years ago at Chapman High School. The linebacker said that he has talked with Gray and has heard only good things about the program.
Without an official visit to ECU, Holden has been able to watch the Pirates on TV to get a feel for the team. Still waiting on his first offer Holden that one from ECU would mean a lot.
“That (an offer) would be huge,” Holden said. “It’s a big time D1 program and everything. That would huge for me and huge for what I have been working for and I would definitely have to consider.”
This season Holden has recorded 135 tackles, 13 sacks, 22 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries through 11 games. While putting up big numbers Holden believes that his biggest strength is his leadership. Spending three years as a starter on the varsity team he has developed into a leader on and off the field.
“It means a lot to me,” Holden said. “It’s been a fun ride already through the high school years but college is kind of where everyone wants to end up. It’s an honor to be able to get grouped with some of the premier athletes and everything like that. It’s been a great experience so far and hopefully I’ll end up somewhere.”