Back in 2002, NC State went down to Clearwater (Fla) High School and landed OL Jonathan Holt. The Wolfpack headed south again this year and made Holt's brother, Jarrod, a recruiting priority but he surprised some by casting his early recruiting lot with Duke back in July.
Given Holt's obvious connections to NC State, not to mention his talents along the offensive line and it's easy to understand why the Wolfpack coaches have refused to give up on the senior lineman.
At 6-6, 300 pounds, Holt has emerged as one of Florida's top linemen. He graded out in the 90's this year on blocking assignments and averaged around seven pancake blocks per game. His efforts landed him a spot in the Pinella's Football all-star classic and he'll likely be a candidate for the California-Florida all-star game as well.
While he's been a Duke commit for better than four months, the Wolfpack, along with several other schools have stayed in constant contact. State, in particular, would like nothing more than the opportunity to get Holt up to Raleigh later this year on an official visit. Holt talked about the interest he's received from the Pack.
"State has definitely kept in touch with me," said Holt. "They're still very interested in me.
"I'm happy with my decision, but I know a lot can happen before this year is over. I'd definitely like to keep my options open and maybe take a visit to NC State. They've definitely shown interest in trying to get me to come up on an official visit up there."
Holt has also received an earful of attention from numerous other programs.
"A lot of schools realize that a lot of people commit early and then change their minds and they've definitely come heavy with recruiting," Holt said. "I'm still hearing from Clemson, NC State, West Virginia, Purdue and I'm still getting a lot of letters from different schools."
One recruiting ace for the Pack is Holt's brother, Jonathan. He's helped to keep NC State on the radar throughout the year.
"He tells me that he would like to be playing with his younger brother and show me the ropes but it's my decision but, you know, I like to keep my family involved," he said. "He definitely tells me about State occasionally."
Holt projects as an academic qualifier and had earned scholarship offers from NC State, Clemson, West Virginia, Indiana, Maryland, Wake Forest, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Missouri and South Florida among others, before committing to Duke. He is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com.