'08 Unwrapped: Austin Holt

As the last grains of sand trickle through the neck of Stanford's 2007 tight end recruiting hourglass, we turn our attention to a rich pool at that position in the 2008 class. The best junior tight end in the West, and one of the tops in the country, is 6'5" Austin Holt from South Jordan (Utah) Bingham High School, who has just scored a Stanford offer.

Elite junior tight end Austin Holt (6-5, 220), out of Bingham High in South Jordan, Utah, was verbally offered by Stanford two weeks ago during a phone conversation with Cardinal head coach Walt Harris.

Last week, the official offer in writing arrived from the Cardinal staff.

"It came in the mail about a week ago," Holt reports.  "Coach Harris said it was coming after they offered me on the phone.  They want me to start working on enrolling as soon as I can."

For Holt, it's the fourth official offer he has received, and he is yet to even finish his junior season.

"I'm excited about this offer because Stanford is a great school with a great education," the 2008 recruit comments.  "We're definitely going to do a trip in the spring, maybe for the Nike Camp."

Oregon, Utah and BYU have already gotten a jump on offering Holt, in addition to the Cardinal.

"Coach [Dave] Tipton has been the one I've been talking with," Holt says.  "As of right now, I could graduate early (January 2008), but I haven't really talked much about that with my family, so I don't know.  But they want to enroll me early."

In the meantime, Holt said his attention is focused on Bingham's trip to the State Championship game this Friday, where they will face Alta High.

"Our school hasn't won since 1946, so we're trying to win it," Holt hopes.  "We're 13-0 and if we win on Friday, then our varsity, JV and sophomore teams will have all gone undefeated.  That will be big for our program."

And in a show of solidarity towards the program, Holt has sacrificed stats for the sake of the team, becoming a blocking tight end in Bingham's vaunted ground game.

"We haven't really thrown the ball much in the playoffs.  We've just been running," Holt says.

The 6'5" athlete hasn't been completely left out of the offense.  He has 20 receptions for 362 yards and four touchdowns.  His ability to catch the ball has never been a question, but with the focus on blocking, he has made his game more complete.

"We have a coach who has really taught me to block well and show that part of my game," Holt comments.  "He's been a big help for me."

Several other schools have caught notice of Holt, with UCLA, Washington and Notre Dame among other schools interested in him.

It was at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio last winter that Holt became a name to remember.  The youngest tight end prospect there, Holt was recognized as one of the top two tight ends at the combine.

Then at the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles, in a field that included Nate Chandler, Da'John Harris, Eric Brooks, Devin Mahina and David Paulson, all owners of Pac-10 offers (and in Chandler and Paulson's case, commits to Pac-10 school), it was Holt who again stood out, making the all-Combine first team.

Academically, Holt will be in fine shape, holding a 3.9 GPA and scoring a 20 on the ACT, which he took as a sophomore.  He says he will be retaking the ACT in the spring but was uncertain of if and when he'd be taking the SAT.

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