Holley arrives Thursday

The Florida Gators continue to build quality depth in the trenches and one of the bigger pieces in the 2014 class is Brooklyn (N.Y.) defensive tackle Thomas Holley. With most of the 2014 signees showing up Tuesday, Holley will arrive in Gainesville on Thursday. The 6-foot-4, 300 pound lineman couldn't be happier to get things started.

Thomas Holley isn't your normal four-star former high school All-American. A basketball background kept him from playing football until his junior season, but his athleticism and size allowed him to excel. Holley worked some this summer to prepare for his time at Florida, but he knows the real work is about to begin.

"I got better this summer," he said by phone on Monday. "But, nothing compared to how I will be when I get to Florida."

Having to change from a basketball player to football player to become a college scholarship athlete, Holley understands work ethic and is embracing the work that is about to have thrown at him. He has tried to stay away from expecting anything from his freshman year.

"I am looking forward to growing as a player and working with Coach Lawing and seeing where my future heads," he said. "I just want to work hard and it will all fall into place. Whatever comes with that depends on what I do, so I don't really have any expectations."

Holley does love the fact that he is a Gator and wants fans to know they can rest easy with him on their side.

"Off the field I am a great student and very big in giving to the community and a great person," he said. "On the field I am an impact player that will help us win."

Holley was a huge piece to the recruiting puzzle that the gators signed in 2014 and the Under-Armour All-American should be great for the Gators down the road.


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