The Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods senior holds a Minnesota offer, and was not aware that his Rutgers offer meant a chance to play in the Big Ten until his unofficial visit Sunday.
"I talked with [wide receivers coach Matt] Simon before and he said that they'd offer me when I visited," Holland said. "It still felt good to have them tell me I had an offer, especially at a great place like Rutgers."
Holland met with the entire coaching staff at Rutgers, which is a three-hour drive away from home, and left impressed with head coach Kyle Flood and offensive coordinator Ron Prince.
"I honestly learned a lot," Holland said. "I didn't know they were going to the Big Ten next year. That's big. That was really interesting. I learned more about their football program, and their academic programs and stuff like that."
Flood and Holland had a 1-on-1 conversation before he and his father got in the car to head home.
"He is a good person," Holland said. "That's what stood out. I like coach Flood. He was cool. We talked about a lot of stuff."
Simon hinted that they would love to accept his commitment, but Holland said he did not feel pressured and could return Jan. 24 for an official visit. Holland's only visit locked up between now and signing day is Jan. 17 to Minnesota.
The offer came as a welcome surprise to one player already committed to Rutgers.
Katy (Texas) tight end Logan Lister was quick to express his excitement over the offer.
Lister, before moving to Texas, went to middle school with Holland in Northern Virginia.
"I just talked with him on Facebook the other day," Holland said. "It's pretty cool because I was really good friends with him at Bull Run [Middle School]."