WR Jamere Holland Sets 4 Official Visits

Jamere Holland, a U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game selection, has set four official visits.

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According to Jamere's mom, Felincia Holland, he has set up four official visits.

"He starts his visits after he comes back from the (U.S.) Army (All-American) Bowl (game)," she said. "The first visit is with Oregon on January 13th. Then, on the 17th (of January), he will go to Arizona for one day. That weekend (Jan. 20th), he will go to Mississippi (State). Hopefully, I will come also. Then he goes to Washington (Jan. 27th)"

Jamere explained why those four schools made his final cut.

"It's the same with all the schools, they showed me the most attention and called the most," said Jamere, one of just 78 players who earned the honor of playing in the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game. "They just showed that they were very interested in me."

While they were the most interested, there were many, many others that would love to be receiving an official visit.

"Florida, USC (Southern Cal), LSU, Arizona State wanted me to come in, Oregon State wanted me to come in, and Colorado," said the 10.3 seconds 100 meters speedster. "And there were a few others."

Felincia mentioned that she hopes to visit Mississippi State with Jamere. She explained her reasons why.

"I think that will be the only trip that I will go on," she said. "I want to see what it's like. I was highly interested in Mississippi State. The rest of the schools aren't that far away, but Mississippi is a long way. I have to see that one."

She also came away interested and impressed with the two MSU coaches she met when they came in for a recent in-home visit.

"(MSU head coach Sylvester Croom and assistant coach Guy Holliday) came the day before yesterday (Tuesday)," said Felincia. "It was nice. We had fun. I was really impressed. I was comfortable with the coaches. It made us feel like we were family. We didn't only talk about football and track, we talked about the city and the environment. (Coach Croom) said something to me that made me feel like, 'once he's out of your care, I'm his daddy.' I forgot how he put it, but it made feel like he's going to be protective. And I like him because he knows how to control his kids. It's like he's the controller and you are going to do what he says. That's what I like about him, he's a demanding person."

How much will her opinion of the school factor into Jamere's final decision?

"It's not up to me, it's up to Jamere because he has to be the one who has to do it," she said. "He has to go and visit. And if he's comfortable, then it's ok with me. I want him to be comfortable. I want him to like the school and like the players and the coaches. If he's not comfortable, then I'm not going to like it."

Will the size of Starkville, the city Mississippi State is located in, be a factor, especially when you consider that Jamere is used to living in a very large city?

"We live in a big city that has a lot of things to do and a lot of places to go, but he might like it because he's such a laid back kid," said Felincia. "He rarely even goes anywhere."

Once Jamere's taken all of his visits, what criteria will he use in selecting a college?

"It has to be a school that I will like, the campus, how I get along with the players," said the 6-1, 180-pounder. "And my chances of playing (early)."

Who will ultimately win out for this immensely talented youngster? Keep it right here to find out.

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