FNL: Gators working on Holland

He's only a rising junior but standing close to 6-3 and 225 pounds Jeffery Holland is every bit a man on the football field. He didn't work out at Friday Night Lights in The Swamp Friday, but he got worked by Gator players and coaches in attendance that want to see him become a Gator. Holland talked a little bit after the event.

He's already earned a scholarship offer to be a Gator, so the Florida staff decided to tell Jeffery Holland of Jacksonville Trinity Christian to take it easy and just enjoy the night. The big hitting linebacker spent a little bit of time watching linebacker coach and defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin coaching up the linebackers.

"Coach told me I could sit and watch," Holland said after the event. "I just wanted to watch and get some mental reps."

Holland's former teammate Nick Washington and fellow Jacksonville linebacker Daniel McMillian spent a great deal of time working on Holland during the event.

"Nick and my boy D-Mac right there, I am going to hang out with him tonight and sit and talk about the future," Holland said. "He was talking to me earlier about the playbook and how easy it is to learn."

He's been to Florida a lot and now has some real inside help at finding out just what it is like to be a Gator player. Even an assistant coach on his high school team is in his ear as Gator Great Gus Scott helps coach TC.

"I like how the coaches take care of you," he said. "I have people that can tell you that like Nick, D-Mac, and Vernon (Hargreaves). Oh yes, coach Gus too."

Then again he is getting pulled in other directions as well. One assistant at hsis school is Gerrard Ross, the former Seminole gets a few words in there as well.

"I have coach Gerard at Florida State too," he said with a smile. "They really don't push me to go anywhere. They just want me to go get my education."

He still has two full years of high school left, so Holland isn't ready to make a decision. He knows several schools will still get a visit.

"I am going back up to Auburn and Alabama definitely," he said. "Tennessee, and Ohio State, that is a school I really want to get up to."


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