Holland Plans More Officials

Dec. 8 -- Jeff Holland and his Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian team ended the season in the best way possible with a big state championship victory Saturday. The four-star linebacker talks about the victory and the latest in his recruitment here...

Trinity Christian pounded Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage 27-7 Saturday afternoon. Holland finished his high school career with back-to-back state championships at Trinity Christian.

“This is the biggest accomplishment of my life,” Jeff Holland said.

“Back-to-back, we won big, I got better in my four years here, it’s just big.”

Now Holland can turn his attention full-time to his recruitment. He says he’s not totally sure of all the teams in the mix, but he did mention Auburn, Florida, Florida State, and UCLA.

His lone official visit was to Auburn earlier in the season. Auburn sophomore receiver Marcus Davis was on hand for the state championship games, cheering on his alma mater in Delray Beach. The two were able to catch up a bit afterwards.

“That was my guy on my official and we’ve just been talking every since,” Holland said.

“He said (Auburn is) going to be good, they have a lot of young players and I have to come.”

It’s not set in stone yet, but the four-star linebacker said he’ll likely be taking an official to UCLA next weekend. The Gators will likely host him right before his decision at the Under Armour All-American Game.

Florida recently hired a new head coach in Jim McElwain. Holland said it was important for them to get a new coach quickly so he could start building that relationship.

“It was very important because I didn’t want them to get him at the last minute and I wouldn’t have time to meet him, I didn’t want it to be a speedy recruitment, so I’m glad he’s in there early so I can really get to know him,” he said.

“I haven’t talked to him at all. I really don’t know him, so I really don’t have any thoughts, I just have to get to meet him. He has to start recruiting me fast because this thing’s getting pretty tight.”

Holland has spoken plenty with other coaches on the Florida staff.

“I’ve been hearing from (defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson), (defensive coordinator) coach (D.J.) Durkin, he says they’re going to be good, they’re going to keep the whole defensive staff, so they should be good,” he said.

When he makes his final choice at the Under Armour game, it’ll be a few key factors that help him with the choice.

“Great coaches, style of play, a four-three defense, just where I fit,” he said.


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