Tim Holt is beginning the final phase of his recruitment this weekend when he makes his first official visit ahead of a decision in the weeks to come.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound tight end from Fullerton C.C. (Calif.), has narrowed his options to Iowa State, UNLV and Bowling Green and expects to visit all three schools — starting with Iowa State this weekend — before making a decision ahead of the mid-year signing date in mid-December.
Iowa State offered in the summer, has been in constant communication since and will get his attention first beginning Friday.
“They like that I can kind of do multiple things,” said Holt, who is being recruited by offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy. “I’m pretty versatile, so I could line up as a true tight end but also I could be other things like a wing, like an H-back type player, a slot, maybe even more of a fullback and stuff like that. I can do multiple positions. They just said that they’re needing a tight end pretty bad, so that’s where I feel I fit in.”
Holt has 19 receptions for 244 yards and a touchdown in nine games during his sophomore campaign at Fullerton. He’ll be a December graduate and will arrive at his future school with three years to play two.
What makes Holt versatile is his ability to move around. Iowa State sees him in those H-back and slot roles he alluded to, just as he has been used the past two seasons.
“I’d say I’m a true tight end about 60 percent of the time and then I’m lining up in the slot or as a wing going in motion about 40 [percent],” Holt said. “I’ve done that for two years now, so I’ve got a lot of experience.”
Holt’s strength is in the passing game, though he is also a capable blocker.
“I think my strengths are definitely receiving, but also I feel that I can block just as good as a big 6-foot-4, 6-foot-5 guy as well,” Holt said. “I’m not necessarily as big as them, but I feel like I’m a really good blocker.”
Holt will visit UNLV the weekend of Dec. 4-6 and plans to visit Bowling Green at some point, though that visit hasn’t been penciled in. He’ll make a decision between the three schools after the three trips and before the mid-year signing date in mid-December.
Ultimately, there’s one big key to his decision.
“Where I feel that I fit in both at the school and on the team,” Holt said. “I’m looking at playing time a lot. I want to play. Where I really feel that I like the coaches and that I feel their offense style fits me the best.”