Jersey Standout Considering Canes

This talented wide receiver talked to the University of Miami coaches in May and mentions the Hurricanes on his current list. However, there's only one problem about UM, he says.

At 6-foot-3 and 182 pounds with 4.50 speed over 40 yards, there aren't many wide receivers around that have a size/speed combination like Clark (NJ) standout Jesse Holley.

The talented wide receiver wasn't real interested in playing football when he first started.

"When I was about 10, all my friends were playing," Holley said. "I really didn't even want to play but since they all were, I figured I would. I wasn't real serious about it, even going into my freshman year. But then that season, I started believing that it was a game that I could play pretty well. I was like, ‘I like this' and I was playing on varsity and everything. Then my sophomore year, I started playing really well. I caught 10 touchdown passes and even played some option quarterback. Then as a junior, everything came together for me."

Holley, who doubles as a shooting guard in basketball where he averaged 19 points per game last season, carries a 2.6 GPA inside the classroom and received a passing test score on both the ACT (17) and SAT (820) tests.

"I had a lot of schools calling me in the spring," he said. "Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, Syracuse, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Miami were the main ones."

The standout receiver already has several scholarship offers. "I have one in writing from a lot of different schools," he said. "But my top five are Maryland, Virginia, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Tennessee. I have a top 10 and the next five would be Syracuse, Miami, Michigan State, Penn State, and Rutgers."

Holley talked about the Hurricanes.

"I spoke to Miami's linebackers coach in May," he said. "He told me if I wanted to come to Miami that I would have a scholarship, but I haven't gotten anything in writing from Miami. The reason Miami's not near the top of my list is because I won't be able to walk in and have a chance to play right away. They signed lots of wide receivers this year and they're so deep at the position. I don't want to be in a position where the day I get there, I'm the No. 8 or 9 wide receiver on the depth chart. Everyone else signed two or three receivers and Miami signed five. If I go to Miami, I'd have to fight, fight, fight, fight, fight, and fight some more. It's hard to keep things going because there are so many players behind you waiting to play. It's a great school there, but they have too much depth. They're somewhere between 7-10 on my list."

Holley said he has some major goals to work on this season.

"Mainly, I want to finish strong," he said. "I've had two real good years and now I want to finish strong and try to produce more than ever. And the main thing is staying healthy."

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