Holston unswayed by Zook, Illinois

Jonathan Holston, who runs a 4.65-forty, isn't the most heralded defensive line prospect in the nation, but he possesses a great deal of potential and a rather large upside. That's why Illinois coach Ron Zook made such a late recruiting push for the 6 foot 5, 240 pound Tallahassee, Florida native who committed to Louisville earlier this month.

Jonathan Holston isn't the most heralded defensive line prospect in the nation but he possesses a great deal of potential and a rather large upside. That's why Illinois coach Ron Zook, formerly of the University of Florida, made such a late recruiting push for the 6 foot 5, 240 pound Tallahassee, Florida native.

Holston, who recorded 52 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks as a senior, verbally committed to the University of Louisville earlier this month. Over the weekend, despite his previous commitment to Louisville, Holston made an official visit to Illinois.

"It was a good visit and I like Coach Zook," said Holston, who runs a 4.65-forty.

However, his experience in Champaign, where the weather was blustery and cold, didn't sway his intitial decision to join Bobby Petrino at U of L next season.

"It [the visit] didn't change a thing," explained Holston. "I'm going straight to Louisville."

Holston said his cell phone starting ringing the moment he arrived in Tallahassee upon his return flight from Champaign - and one call came from the U of L coaches wondering about his weekend trip.

"Coach Paul Petrino (Louisville's offensive coordinator) called me right when I got off the plane," said Holston. "He asked me if I was still a Cardinal and I told him 'yes sir.'"

Considered the No. 78 defensive end prospect in the country by Scout.com, James Rickards high school coach Maurice Beltzser says Holston's combination of size and speed are his greatest assets on the field.

"Jonathan has tremendous potential because he has great speed and his body is going to continue to grow," Beltzser said. "He makes plays and has the ability to chase people down with his speed. I think he could easily add twenty-five pounds, still run a 4.65 and develop into an excellent player in a year or two."

"He's also a good kid," Beltzser added. "He's very humble and takes care of his academic responsibilities."


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