A Top-Five For Menelik Holt, Forcier's Top Target

St. Augustine High School in San Diego is the home of future Michigan quarterback Jason Forcier. One of Forcier's top targets last season was wide receiver <b>Menelik Holt</b>, who is emerging as a top target himself in the recruiting class of 2006. GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke with Holt on Sunday, and he told us he has received his first offer, and has a top five. <br>

Menelik Holt Profile

Menelik Holt of St. Augustine High School in San Diego was a top target of recent Michigan signee Jason Forcier. "I had 44 catches for 780-yards and 12 touchdowns," he said. "All of them from Jason."

Holt told GoBlueWolverine Magazine he recently received his first scholarship offer. "Nebraska offered me; they are the only ones so far," he said. "San Diego State has been on me since last summer, during passing league, and my coach said they told him they would be offering soon. UCLA and Cal have been showing a lot of interest too, and so has Michigan. My top five at this point are probably Nebraska, UCLA, Cal, Colorado and Texas. Texas is a school I'd really like to hear more from, and they are just starting to show some interest."

The 6-foot-4, 202-pound Holt said he attended the Nike Camp at Stanford last year and is planning to do the same this year. He said he would also attend the Nike Camp at USC in April, and would like to get in as many school camps as possible. "I'm going to Nebraska in a couple weeks," he said. "My teammate Jordan Congdon signed with Nebraska this year and I'll be going up with him. I also want to go to the Michigan camp."

Holt also is Forcier's teammate on the hardcourt, where St. Augustine is a perfect 28-0 on the season after defeating Crawford 74-68 Friday to capture the California Interscholastic Federation San Diego Section Division III Championship. "I play center," Holt said. "We use a lot of guys so I only get about 10-15 minutes a game. I was supposed to go to the UCLA Junior Day on Saturday but couldn't because of the basketball game. Right now that's the most important thing; I need to be concentrating on my team and what we're doing." The Saints face Oak Park on Tuesday in the first round of the California State Basketball Championships. Unlike football, where each section crowns its own champion, Calif. does have a state basketball championship for each division.

Back to football, where Holt said his idol growing up was All-Pro wide receiver Jerry Rice, recently with the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL. "People tell me that I look a lot like Mike Williams (of USC), which isn't too bad," he said. "Others have compared me to (Terrell Owens) because of my height." Holt also has impressive strength to go along with that height. He said he recently benched-pressed 285-pounds and maxed at 410-pounds on the squat. "I've been working out really hard to get stronger and get ready for the camps," he said. He reports a 4.6 in the 40.

Holt said he would like to major in business, and has a specific goal in his life. "My grandmother has opened some businesses in Ethiopia," he said. "Eventually I'd like to go over there and run them for her. She has a hotel and is in the process of buying another. My name is from there. I get asked that all the time. Menelik was the first son of Sheba and King Solomon, and was the first emperor of Ethiopia."

Michigan coaches Scot Loeffler and Ron English have been working on Holt, he said. "They hopped on me early. I like the tradition at Michigan and the fact that they are always in a bowl game. Jason and his dad are always glowing about the place so I'm looking forward to going back there and checking it out." He said he grew up a fan of Nebraska and UCLA.

Holt also said that while he would like to stay close to California because of the weather, he is not afraid of change. "I was born in Denver," he said. "And my mom has made it clear that wherever I decide to go to college, she will move with me."

Holt added that he is in no hurry to make a decision.

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