4-star ATH Jevon Holland Has a Few Standing Out

Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd four-star athlete Jevon Holland said a few schools are starting to emerge in his recruitment...

Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd athlete Jevon Holland is one of the elite athletes nationally in the 2018 class.


The four-star is the No. 7 ranked athlete in the country and is nearing 20 offers.

On Tuesday, Illinois joined the mix in offering Holland.  He was offered by Illini defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson, who used to be the head coach at O'Dowd, and that connection wasn't lost on Holland.

"It is a great feeling knowing that O'Dowd has their fingers out in the college football experience," said Holland. "Hardy (Nickerson) was a great player and coach and the program is on the ups."

Before the Illini offered, it was O'Dowd's current head coach, Napoleon Kaufman, who had ties to the offer before that.

Over the weekend, Holland visited Washington, where Kaufman starred in the 1990s, and the Huskies extended an offer.

"I texted with Coach Kaufman when I got the offer and he was really excited," said Holland.  "He has a rule that if you have an offer from a school, you can wear their gloves in practice.  I had the gloves but I couldn't wear them.  Now I can wear the UW gloves to practice."

Holland was just as excited by the offer, if not more, than his head coach.

"The visit was amazing," said Holland.  "I started talking to Coach (Jimmy) Lake and we just sat in the room talking about football, about life after football.  He's a great coach.  They actually offered me as a corner and I love corner. My dad and my brother played corner and when I first came to O'Dowd, I came as a corner.  I'll play whatever I'm asked."

O'Dowd has sent a couple of players to Washington in the past few years, Holland's former teammate Camilo Eifler and projected NFL draft pick Kevin King before him.

"Both of them are talking to me about Washington and telling me everything I need to know about them," said Holland.

While Holland doesn't have a set in stone top five, there have been five schools that have separated themselves a bit from the others.

Washington, CaliforniaOregonUCLA and Notre Dame are standing out to Holland.

"Those are kind of my top five, but I haven't really narrowed it down yet, but yeah, those are the schools I'm really liking," said Holland.  "There are still some other schools catching my interest though."

Holland has visited nearby Cal on numerous occasions and plans to see a few more spring practices.

He visited Oregon last month on an unofficial and the Ducks too have had some success at O'Dowd.

Holland visited UCLA in February and plans to visit again at the end of the month for their spring game.

That leaves Notre Dame as the only school from amongst his top schools he's yet to visit.

"I'm trying to get out to Notre Dame either in the spring or in the summer, but they're definitely in the top of my list and I want to get out there," said Holland.

One school that hasn't offered that Holland is hoping does is USC, which signed two of his teammates in February.

"USC said they want to see me (during the eval period)," said Holland.  "Coach (Clay) Helton and I have talked and he's like Coach (Chris) Petersen in a lot of ways.  They don't want to just throw out offers, but they want to get to know you and make the offer mean something.  They waited with (his teammates) JeQuari (Godfrey) and Alijah (Vera-Tucker) a little bit before they offered too.  So if it happens, great.  If not, I've got a lot of great options."

Holland will be at The Opening Oakland next month and hopes to punch a ticket to the finals in Beaverton.

As for visits, Holland said he'd like to take all of his officials before making a decision.

"I want to take all of my visits, but if I were to committed to a school and then still took officials, I wouldn't feel loyal.  So I have to sit down with my parents and I'll come up with a decision for when I'll commit," said Holland.

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