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What to Like
Having had the chance to see Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian High School outside linebacker/running back Jeff Holland both in-person and on film it is easy to see why he is one of the most highly sought after prospects in the nation. Holland has great size at 6-foot-3 and 230-pounds with long arms and a strong lower-body. He runs extremely well, listed as running a 4.5-forty, and is an outstanding athlete. One of the first things you notice about Holland is that he is a devastating hitter and sure tackler. He is very quick off the ball and shows explosion in getting to full speed in a hurry. The junior is also flexible and can bend. He is very good at dipping his shoulder and ripping through the offensive tackles outside arm when coming off the edge. Holland changes direction quickly and fluidly. On limited film of Holland lined up in the box he showed the ability to read his keys and good vision in finding and getting to the ball quickly. He also shows the ability to get off blocks effectively. Holland also does a good job of retracing his way back to the ball when he runs by the quarterback. You also get a chance to see just how powerful and natural an athlete Holland is when he carries the ball, running with power, body control and a surprising ability to make defenders miss for a prospect with his size.
Questions and Areas for Improvement
Holland has all the physical tools you want, but he must simply continue to improve on the fundamentals and techniques used in playing outside linebacker. Continuing to develop more pass rush moves will only make Holland harder to block as a senior and make one the most dominant players in the state of Florida that much more dominating. At this point in his development Holland relies on a "dip and rip" move or simply runs around over-matched high school offensive lineman. You don't get a chance to see Holland take on one-on-one drive blocks versus the run or in pass coverage very much on tape but you certainly have to feel that with his athleticism and natural ability as a football player, he'll be more than adequate in those areas as well.
Holland was arguably one of the most dominant players in the state of Florida as a junior and is one of the most highly sought after prospects in the country for the class of 2015. He has everything that you want in an outside linebacker prospect both physically and mentally. Holland has the size, speed, explosiveness and athleticism to compete for playing time early in college. As a junior he showed the ability get off the ball, around the offensive tackle and to the quarterback in a hurry. He forces double teams as a pass rusher coming off the edge. Holland showed his strength and ability to use his hands in getting off blocks. He is a devastating hitter who plays with an extremely high motor and is always around the football. The rising senior also enjoys the game, plays hard and is unselfish, lining up at a number of positions on offense and special teams as a junior.
Junior Film: Jeff Holland
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