Jonathan Holder Talks Recruiting

The recruiting process in baseball, in many cases, is a five-step process. Step 1 is when coaches go out and watch kids play. Step 2 is the July 1st recruiting calls college coaches make. Step 3 involves getting the kids on campus. Step 4 is the scholarship offer. And step 5 is the commitment and signing of the prospect. Gulfport High's Jonathan Holder is currently in step 3 of the process.

"Southern Miss, Mississippi State and Ole Miss have all called me back, and Samford called me Monday," said the recently turned 17-year old. "With the follow-up calls they tell me if they want me to visit. I'm going to Mississippi State Wednesday (July 14th) for a visit. Then, I'm going to Ole Miss and Southern Miss next week for visits, although I'm not sure of the exact dates."

He has an idea what he will be looking at while on the visits.

"I want to meet the coaches and see the facilities, the academic center and see the campus, things like that," said the 6-3, 215-pounder

He's visited two of the three colleges, although he's never toured the facilities.

"I live closer to Southern and have been there a lot, not on a visit, so I know about Southern," said Holder. "I've been to State's baseball camps but I'm never toured anything. And I've never been to Ole Miss."

Holder, who is a great hitter, also is a very good pitcher, consistently throwing his fastball in the 87-90 range, topping out at 91. And as you would expect, he's been looked at for both first base and pitcher in college.

"The coaches have all told me that I can pretty much be a dual-position player, play first, hit and pitch," said Holder. "I love both of them."

As for when he's going to make his college decision, he's not really sure of a timeframe.

"I'm taking it slow right now and keeping all of my options open," said the tall, hard-throwing righthander. "When I get ready to pick someone that's when I'll do it."

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