Holts, a 6-foot-4, 266-pounder from Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central, verbally committed to UNC in late June – after just one campus visit.
"Coach [Sam] Pittman and Coach [Butch] Davis sold me," Holts said. "The relationship with Coach Pittman has gotten stronger [since committing]. I feel real connected with him as a player and a person."
The coaching staff also kept Holts from deviating from his commitment, despite the off-the-field turmoil.
"[The coaches] were telling me what happened and were being truthful with me," Holts said.
Holts says he will begin his UNC career at right tackle, but will eventually move to left tackle.
At the Under Armour All-American game a month ago, Holts played left tackle.
"The quickness of the D-ends are way faster than the ones I went against in Indiana," Holts said.
Holts will play the same position, left tackle, during the Team USA vs. The World game on Wednesday night in Austin, Texas.
"It's kind of hard adjusting, because we have a whole bunch of different plays than we did in the Under Armour Game and what I'm used to," Holts said. "We run a way different offense."