Holt Has a Leader

D.J. Holt of Crespi Carmelite high school (Encino, Calif.) was one of the more impressive athletes at the U.S. Army junior combine in San Antonio. He has the size and speed to be a big-time playmaker and recruiters from top programs have taken notice.

D.J. Holt (6-2, 235-pounds) could play a number of positions in college, but most schools are talking to him about linebacker. Notre Dame is one of the schools that has taken notice of Holt's talents.

"Yeah, I think they have." Holt replied when asked if the Notre Dame staff had been in contact with his coach. "They were sending me a lot of stuff, but not as much as they had been. Every now and then they still do, but it's not like they were before.

"I like them a lot even though they're not sending me as much stuff as they were earlier, I'd still like to talk to the coaches and check out the school. I like the program over there."

If Notre Dame has slowed down their recruitment of Holt, it appears other top programs are picking up the pace.

"Nebraska, Arizona State, UCLA, and Cal," Holt responded when asked which schools were recruiting him the hardest. "I'm starting to hear a lot from USC, Miami, Boston College, LSU and Tennessee.

"I went to a junior day at UCLA and I really like the atmosphere, the campus and coaching staff. UCLA is really at the top now, but I like USC, Notre Dame, Miami and Arizona State.

"I'm not concerned about distance. I'm really looking at what the university can do for me, and what I can do the university. I'm looking at the program and the coaching staff. I'm not looking at distance."

Wherever Holt ends up playing college football, the school is going to get a player that enjoys the game.

"You can always count on me to get my job done," Holt said of his play on the field. "I am one of those hotheads on the field. I always have that fire going. I'm looking to take someone's head off on every play.

"Right now I'm getting ready for the combines and working out for next season. I don't know about any unofficial visits right now, but I will be going to some combines."

As a junior, Holt had 72 tackles and 12 sacks. On offense he rushed for 236 yards on 28 carries and scored 5 touchdowns while catching 48 passes for 840 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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