Holt's one stingy defender

You'll want to visit InsideTennessee often to keep up with the latest developments in Vol recruiting. Check out this story on a safety attending this week's camp:

Class of 2015 safety prospect DeAngelo Holt vividly recalled every completion he surrendered during the recent Tennessee football camp. No wonder; there were only a couple.

"I only got caught on twice – on a flare and on a deep post," he said following the workout, "so I had an overall good day. I ran a 4.5 forty, and my shuttle was a 4.5 also. I broad-jumped 10-7. I just had an overall good camp."

The lanky 6-foot-2, 198-pounder also intercepted a pass during the one-on-one segment. Apparently, Tennessee's coaches liked what they saw.

"They just told me to keep doing what I'm going and they would be in touch with me," he said. "They said they're going to be at my first two games of the season and to make sure I keep my knee healthy."

The reference is to an ACL tear that wiped out his entire junior season at Nashville Overton High School last fall. Many schools quit recruiting him during the layoff.

"My ACL is hindering me from a lot of offers," he conceded, "but I've just got to keep pushing until I get it."

After intensive rehabilitation he believes his knee is as good as ever.

"I think I'm 100 percent," he said. "I'm fully cleared, so I'm going to just keep working at it till I get my first offer."

He hopes that offer comes from Tennessee. He has visited the school several times and believes he would be a great fit.

"I just like the environment and the coaches," he said. "It's a good school overall. They have a good engineering program, and that's what I'm trying to be if I don't make it pro in football. I'm just trying to keep coming up here. I love it up here. Everybody's real nice. This is close to home, so I try to stay with my family."

Holt says he consistently clocked 4.5 in the forty prior to his knee injury but posted a very disappointing 4.7 time at a recent Memphis camp.

"I had a good camp there but I didn't really have such a good 40," he recalled. "I had to practice on my 40, do some pool work, and I got my 40 down. I was running a 4.7 at Memphis and I ran a 4.5 here."

Interestingly enough, he says he's actually jumping better since the injury than before.

"I wasn't jumping 10-7 in the broad jump; I was jumping like 10," he said. "My leg has gotten a lot stronger, so I'm trying to get faster now and keep up the weight."

Although 4.5 is plenty fast for a college safety, Holt believes he's capable of doing better.

"I'll probably get a faster forty the next camp I go to," he said. "I'm supposed to go to an exposure camp at TSU this Saturday. I hope all goes well there and I have the same progress I did here."

Even running a 4.5, Holt apparently made a strong impression on Vol head coach Butch Jones and linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen.

"They were telling me that they love me and I just need to keep doing what I'm doing," Holt said, adding that Jones "said he'll come and see me play during the season, so I told him all right."

The prospect plans to attend several camps this summer in hopes the exposure will help him land his first scholarship offer. He thinks Memphis and Western Kentucky are close to extending.

Schools are understandably wary of prospects coming off major knee injuries. Holt was on the fast track prior to his ACL tear, however, and believes he'll be an asset for any program willing to give him a chance.

"I'm a hard-hitting player. I don't let teams off easy," he told IT. "I would describe my game as an athletic person who plays free safety, weak safety and outside linebacker, receiver and tight end."


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