"I flew into Fargo on Friday around Mid-day," Illinois linebacker Blake Holley said to the BisonReport. "After I landed, I got in my rental car and headed to the fargodome to meet with coach Klanderman and coach Entz. Coach Entz taught me the basics of their defense and picked my brain a little, seeing if I understood it. On Saturday, I went to their Junior day and got a tour of the whole place. It was really cool. I went to the spring game and was there for the ring ceremony, then after the game, I had a meeting with coach Klieman in his office. My flight with my dad wasn't until the next day, so we took a tour of Fargo and went to the mall and checked out the town."
Holley liked what he saw of the Bison's campus.
"I like the campus as it reminded me a lot of my brother's school," Holley explained to the BisonReport. "It was nice and I could totally see myself there. My brother goes to Minnesota-Mankato and plays running back there. Mankato is about the same size and it's not too far from home actually. The facilities were awesome too. My favorite was for sure the Fargodome and I've seen picture of that place when it was packed and it gets wild. The fans during the ring ceremony were loud and the spring game were awesome as well. The following there is sweet and have an amazing fan base. Fargo really is a football town. I loved everything about the coaches offices, locker room, players lounge and field as it was all top notch. They really are a mid-major D1 program. NDSU being FCS doesn't make a difference."
The Illinois linebacker also spoke a lot with the NDSU coaches.
"I talked the most with coach Entz and coach Klanderman," Holley told the BisonReport. "Entz said they were really interested and that coach Klanderman would come to school again to see me and record me work out, which he already did the other day at track practice. He said I did well when he was picking my brain about the defense. He also said i would most likely play Mike or Sam if I went there. Klanderman just said that they're really slow in the offing process and that I shouldn't worry about anything and that we should stay in touch. I think an offer is on it's way soon as when Klanderman came to school last Monday to record me running around during a track workout, he said they're meeting this week as a defensive staff and watching recruits films and reevaluating things."
An NDSU offer would mean quite a bit to Holley.
"An offer would mean a lot as I currently only have one offer from Ball State, but if NDSU offered, they would for sure be in the race," Holley explained to the BisonReport. "They'd be a top contender for me at the moment. Just getting a chance to be a bison would be an honor as they're the Alabama of FCS and one of the best football programs in the history of college football. As far as future visits, I'm going to a Northwestern showcase and then Illinois is planning on having a camp at my high school that if things work out, I'm going too. Schools that are standing out to me right now Bowling Green, Wyoming, Ball State obviously, South Dakota, Illinois and North Dakota State."