Holt Hopes to Visit Four

While the trend in college football recruiting has rapidly pushed prospective student-athletes into earlier commitments, that does not end the recruiting process. Austin Holt, the #64 player in the nation and #2-ranked tight end according to Scout.com, committed to BYU in February but wants to also take official visits to Stanford, UCLA and Florida this fall.

South Jordan (Utah) Bingham High School tight end Austin Holt (6-5.5, 231) has had a busy summer, which included an unofficial visit and camp at defending national champion Florida.  Despite his commitment to BYU, Holt says he anticipates taking a handful of official visits this fall.

"UCLA has offered me an official visit and so did Florida.  And of course, BYU," says Scout.com's #2-ranked tight end in the nation.  "I'm not sure if Stanford did but I'm hoping to take an official trip there."

All four of those schools have offered, and Holt says that even with the commitment to BYU, he's listening to the other three.

"It's really only those four schools I'm even considering," Holt offers.  "I get mail from everybody, but those are the four schools that have kept the most in touch.  Oregon did for a while, but after Coach [Gary] Crowton left for LSU, I haven't heard from them that much."

BYU has been understanding during the process, says the Cougars commit:

"BYU has been supporting me the whole way.  When I went there [earlier this week], they said they were happy to see me and were glad I'm committed.  All these schools have kept going and a lot of the other schools died off.  You can tell which schools are really interested.

Holt just returned from a trip to Gainesville, where he had a chance to meet with the Florida coaches and workout at their Friday Night Lights camp.

"It was really neat, going down there and working in the Swamp," Holt tells us.  "I met a few of their players and I talked with Aaron Hernandez [Scout.com's #1 TE in the class of 2007] quite a bit.  Coach Mullen took me around too.  I talked with him, Coach [Chuck] Heater and Coach [Urban] Meyer.  Coach Meyer was pretty cool, and he was excited that I was a Utah guy.  Coach Mullen took us around and to the institute to talk with the Bishop, which I appreciated."

Despite an offer from the Gators, Holt says there was no pressure for him to commit.

"They told me that here at Florida, they're not in a rush for commitments," he explains.  "They only had four commitments, but said don't rush it.  They want me to come out there on a trip.  They said it isn't just me spending the next four years there.  It will influence the next 30 years so to take my time."

Holt also visited Stanford when he attended the Nike Camp there in May, and the Cardinal are staying in the mix.

"Stanford sent me the application, but I haven't sent that in," the recruit comments.  "With the season moving really fast, I have not had a lot of time.  But I want to take an official visit there at some point.  Coach [Lance] Anderson and I talk quite a bit.  The big thing with Stanford right now is just me getting the application in."

Holt twice visited UCLA, once in the spring for their Spring Game and once in the summer for their one-day camp.

"One of the things, UCLA has talked about is me maybe taking my mission next year and then coming when I'm done," Holt says.  "It's good because I talked with Ben Olson about that.  He came back at 21 and was more mature.  It was neat to have him there.  I'm all for the mission.  I loved everything about UCLA - the campus, really everything about it.  Coach [Karl] Dorrell, Coach [Angus] McClure and Coach [Dino] Babers were all real cool to talk to."

Most recently Holt took a quick trip to BYU earlier this week.

"I actually was down at BYU [Tuesday]," he says.  "They've got one of my teammates, Jordan Pendelton, coming in.  With BYU, I feel really comfortable there.  They've been recruiting me since I was a sophomore; it's in my back yard; and its just a little different from everywhere else.  I'm still committed to BYU.  I just want to see what else is out there."

Holt says he's been happy with the down time this month, as he prepares with his Bingham teammates to defend their 5A State Championship they won with a perfect record a year ago.

"With this whole August thing of not texting us, it's been pretty relaxing," Holt admits.  "I just want to get my high school team back to where it was last year."

Bingham starts their title defense next week on the 17th with a game against Skyline.  Then in week two, they face Alta and stud running back Sausan Shakerin before a big interstate game with Kahuku of Hawaii.

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