Experience can be key in the recruiting process. For Isaiah Holland, however, he has only needed one year to gain the attention of college teams around the country.
Having moved to Colorado from Germany last year, Holland did not start playing what he considers "real football" until his junior year of high school.
"In Germany I didn't learn much about football. The coaches didn't always know what they were doing, so they would send me out on the field as a tight end or defensive back. Obviously, I'm an offensive lineman, so I wasn't learning properly until I got here," says Holland.
The Valor Christian senior is excited for the upcoming season. He hopes to show coaches how he can improve and why his short time really playing football is no hindrance to his skill.
"I'm a fast learner," Holland tells BuffPlayBook.com when asked about his greatest strength as a player. "Looking at where I started and where I am now shows that I can make quick progress," he says. "I'm a competitor and my character shines through when I learn quickly. Those things will hopefully be what the coaches see".
Towering over opposing players at 6-4 and 310 pounds, Holland is the embodiment of an offensive lineman. He has received seven offers so far from Colorado, Oregon State, Washington State, New Mexico, San Diego State, Wyoming, and Arizona State.
The Buffs have been recruiting Holland heavily. Coach Mike MacIntyre has told Holland that the CU football program would love to have him there on the offensive line as a tackle. Holland is excited with the Buffs' enthusiasm.
"I really like the coaches. Coach MacIntyre has had his foot in the door about a lot of things in my process," Holland says. "I know a lot about CU because it is both my parents' alma madder and I have a cousin who goes there. It's a really beautiful campus and the facilities are nice. I also like the academics. Education is important to me because I only play football for so long so I have to prepare myself for after I'm done playing".
Holland is looking forward to the fall season and making advances in his play. He opens the season against Central High School from Fresno, California on August 24th.