KU's improved secondary took a hit this past fall due to the graduation of strong safety Tony Stubbs. The Jayhawks have gone the high school route to add depth with verbal commitments from Justin Thornton and Darrell Stuckey. Add another talented and eager prospect to the list in Altus, OK native James Holt who wants to make an immediate splash at Memorial Stadium.
"I think I have a chance of playing right away if I work hard enough," said Holt. "With Stubbs gone, I guess the position is open."
Holt picked Kansas over some of in-state colleges including Tulsa and OSU.
"I like how it's a Big 12 school, and the campus was real nice," said Holt. The high school senior checks in at 6'2" tall and 200 pounds, he runs the 40 yard dash in 4.52 seconds.
KU officially offered Holt this past weekend on his trip to Lawrence, but the Oklahoman indicated Mark Mangino's staff planted a seed early.
"They started showing interest in me very early, I started talking with KU when I was a junior," said Holt.
As with most Jayhawk commits, the current team really impressed Holt.
"I met Raymond Brown and Brandon McAnderson and we got a chance to hang out for most of the visit. They were pretty cool guys, and they treated me like I was already up there playing with them for a year," added Holt.
The two and a half year old Anderson Strength and Conditioning Center may have sealed the deal with Holt who looks forward to pumping some iron in Lawrence next Fall.
"I really like to lift weights, and the weight room was real nice," said Holt.
Holt's verbal makes 23 known commitments for this years recruiting class. He can make his intentions official next week on national signing day.