Notre Dame has generally been able to sign a couple top recruits from Pennsylvania every year and the Irish have their eye on about six prospects for the 2008 recruiting class. Jarred Holley (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) might be one of the prospects the Irish have a chance to sign.
"I've liked Notre Dame since I was growing up, so they've always been on my mind," Holley responded when asked if he had interest in Notre Dame. "I've been getting letters saying that they're interested and stuff like that. Coach Latina was supposed to stop by school, but he was sick the day he was supposed to show up, so Coach Powlus came in just to say hi.
"I have no idea of where they are in terms of a scholarship offer. I did receive a text message that said that they're interested, but that's about all I've heard from them. I have no idea where I sit with them. They're obviously a school that I'm interested, so hopefully everything works out."
Notre Dame is very interested in Holley, but if things don't work out with the Irish Jarred will have plenty of options. He already holds scholarship offers from West Virginia, Maryland, Northwestern, Rutgers, Virginia, NC State, Toledo, Penn State, and Pittsburgh. Despite all the attention, Holley isn't nearly ready to make his decision.
"I think I have nine or ten scholarship offers," Holley said. "I really don't have any idea of where I'll go yet, so everybody is fair game right now. This spring or this summer I'll probably pick out the schools that I'm really interested in and start making my visits and start to focus on where I want to go.
"Some schools are recruiting me as a defensive back, some schools at wide receiver and others are just recruiting me as an athlete. Whatever is going to help the team of the school I go to, that's where I'm going to play.
"[On defense] I like to read the receivers and read the quarterback," Jarred said. "I basically watch everything that's going on on the field and make a break on the ball or come up and make a play on the running back or receiver… just create chaos on the field."
Holley had intended on making a trip to South Bend for Notre Dame's junior day next weekend, but those plans had to be canceled.
"They sent me something about they're junior day," Jarred explained. "It would be nice to get out there, but it's kind of tough right now with basketball. So far we've made it through districts.
"I really haven't looked into [camps] yet. Right now I'm just trying to get through basketball. Then during baseball I'll sit down and try to figure out which camps I'll get to."
As a junior, Holley had 129 carries for 648 yards and 12 touchdowns. He caught 37 passes for 548 yards and eight touchdowns. On defense, he had nine interceptions and 54 tackles.