Holland Preparing for Visits

Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods three-star receiver Melvin Holland saw his recruitment heat up after the completion of his senior season. After a dead period to think things over, Holland has two official visits in his plans before making a college decision.

Minnesota and Rutgers were the most recent schools to offer Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods three-star receiver Melvin Holland before reaching the dead period, and both are in line to host him officially in January.

Holland will be at Minnesota this weekend for an official visit, and the 6-foot-3 receiver is close to finalizing a Jan. 31 return trip to Rutgers.

Holland received his Rutgers offer Dec. 15 when to took an unofficial visit to campus with his father.

"It would be good to get up there and spend more time with the coaches and everything," Holland said. "I like Rutgers, so I'm excited to have it as an option."

Needing to talk to coaches before setting a Jan. 31 visit in stone, Holland said the key to his Rutgers visit will be to get more answers about the school during a 48-hour stint in Piscataway.

"The education part is really important," Holland said. "What kind of benefits does the school have? It needs to be a good education and classes. I'll be looking into how I'll be played, when I'll play. Will I be able to red-shirt? Stuff like that."

Toledo, James Madison, Old Dominion and Towson were in on Holland earlier in the process, and Minnesota was the first BCS school to offer.

"They (Minnesota) offered about a week before Rutgers," Holland said. "I was really excited about it. [Running backs] coach [Brian] Anderson offered me and we set up my visit. I'm excited to go to Minneapolis and check them out."

Holland plans to take time after his Rutgers visit to think everything over before a Signing Day decision.

"I've really enjoyed it, but it's been kind of mind-boggling talking to every school and trying to do every bit of research," Holland said.

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