"[John Bunting's termination] kind of caught me off guard. Yes, there had been talk about Coach Bunting's future coaching there, but I really didn't believe it. So when I found out, I was really surprised."
Holland, a 6-foot-3 270-pound offensive guard from Pittsburgh (Pa.) Perry Traditional Academy, verbally committed to the Tar Heels in July. However, things have slightly altered with the coaching change at UNC.
"With a coaching change, there's nothing you can do but reevaluate," said Holland. "When they announced Coach Bunting was going to be fired all the other schools that were looking at me before I committed to them started to call me, again. I haven't de-committed, but I do plan to visit other schools."
Holland is considering official visits with Kentucky, Pittsburgh and Toledo.
Through all the turbulence of the last couple of months, Holland has kept in constant contact with the coaches at UNC.
"They're telling me that: one, my commitment to North Carolina is still good; two, it's a great school; and three, the football program is looking to go upward," said Holland.
Holland is intrigued by Bunting's replacement – Butch Davis – but is waiting for an opportunity to converse with him before developing an opinion.
"I haven't had the chance to speak with Coach Butch Davis yet, but I know he has a pretty good resume," said Holland. "Until I have a chance to speak to him, I want to hold off on making any opinions."
Once Davis is settled into his new office, Holland plans to use his official visit to North Carolina to get acquainted with the new coach.
Holland saw his senior season cut short last Friday with a second round loss to Pittsburgh (Pa.) Brashear.