According to the U.S. Army Combine Recap: The West (article found HERE), Tight End Austin Holt Holt was not only the named to the first team all-combine team this year, but at last year's Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles he was, "clearly the best one there in a field that include five upperclassmen who will sign next month. He has good hands and adjusts to the ball well." Furthermore, Scout.com analysts believe that Holt will be one of the top 2-3 tight ends nationally for next year.
After reading so many glowing reports about this talented prospect, GoBlueWolverine decided to find out if Austin was interested in Michigan. "Oh yeah, I am definitely interested in Michigan. I mean a program like Michigan is one of those teams when you're little that your Grandpa tells stories about. I have been interested in them ever since getting into high school. Of course Michigan is always up there in the rankings. I really like how their program is run and I have watched a lot of their games this past year."
Well it's a good thing that GBW asked…Austin plays tight end for Bingham high school in South Jordan, Utah. Bingham went 14-0 to win the state championship in 5A (which is the biggest division in Utah). Austin measured in at 6'5.5, 225lbs and ran a 4.8 40 yard dash in San Antonio. "Some people compare me to [Pro Bowler and Kansas City Chief tight end] Tony Gonzalez and [BYU tight end] Johnny Harline." Austin credits his new head coach for his skills. "My head coach used to play in the NFL and he has really helped me improve my blocking and catching over the last year. I just want to keep getting better and become a more complete player. I want to improve on my blocking, my speed and my strength too." Currently Holt is playing basketball, but he will return to his football training this summer where he will attend one of the six-week Nike Sparq camps.
Last season, Holt made 23 grabs for 390+ yards and 4 touchdowns, earning him 1st team all-state in both the major papers in Utah. So what exactly interests Austin in a program like Michigan. "Michigan is one of those teams that can't say anything bad about. They've been one of the top teams in the country for a long time and they will continue to be in the future." Austin currently has six offers extending from the spring of his sophomore year. He has an offer from Stanford, BYU, Utah, Wisconsin, Oregon, and Washington.
"I am definitely looking for a school with a great education. I have been brought up that way; that education will guide you in the future. I also will be looking at the schools tradition and whether it plays in a good conference or not." (By the way, Austin considers the Big Ten one of those conferences) Although Austin is very open to all schools right now, he did talk about the possibility of committing early to a school. "A couple of the seniors this year committed before the season and they told me that it made the season a lot easier for them. I'm not in any rush though. I will wait until I feel that the school is right for me."
Michigan will look to pick up a super tight end in the 2008 class and Austin Holt certainly fits in that category.
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