Indiana has some needs to fill in the 2008 recruiting class, and they've found a Florida prep who could fill a variety of them.
Carlos Holton is a 6-1 ½, 178-pound athlete from Baker County Senior H.S. in Glen St. Mary, Fla., who said he received a scholarship offer from the IU staff last week. Holton said he talked to IU Coach Terry Hoeppner soon after receiving the offer, which came as a bit of a surprise to the talented Florida prep.
"Really, I don't know much about (the Indiana) program right now," Holton said. "They hadn't been sending me letters or mail, so it took me by surprise."
What likely caught the IU staff's attention was some solid numbers at a recent Scout.com combine, coupled with a productive junior season. Holton ran a 4.59 in the 40 and had a standing broad jump of 10'1" at , which was the sixth among more than 500 participants at the event in Jacksonville.
As a high school junior, Holton played primarily at quarterback, where he rushed for 1,016 yards and helped guide his team to a 5-5 record. This season, he said he expects to once again be under center and has visions of eclipsing the 2,000-yard rushing mark.
At the collegiate level, though, Holton has been targeted by most programs – including Indiana – as a big-time cornerback prospect. While he's spent much of his time on offense in high school , he has played some cornerback as well and is open to focusing his attention on the defensive side of the ball.
"I probably like cornerback the best," Holton said. "You get to hit people, and I like to do that."
While he's still listed as a one-star recruit by Scout, Holton figures to be a big hit for whatever college program eventually secures a commitment. Indiana was the first to offer, but Holton said he's also been getting interest from Florida, Auburn and UCLA, among others.
One of the biggest draws is Holton's versatility and willingness to play wherever there's a need.
"I've played quarterback and cornerback, and if we get another quarterback I'd play receiver, but we don't have anyone else to throw the ball right now," Holton said. "Coach are saying that they're listing me as an athlete – they'd put me wherever they needed me."
Versatility Earns Holton an IU Offer
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