2007 Watch: D.J. Holt

The standout junior defensive lineman/linebacker from Encino (Calif.) Crespi, D.J. Holt, had a great showing at the U.S. Army All-American Combine last month, and he spoke to us early about what he's thinking about college...

While Sione Fua got much of the recruiting attention last fall at Encino (Calif.) Crespi, junior defensive end/linebacker D.J. Holt (6-1, 230) was the key to the Celts defense.

The CIF Division X Defensive Player of the Year, Holt often lined up next to Fua to give Crespi a strong push on the defensive line, leading them to the CIF Division X title.

With Fua signed to Stanford, Holt will get the bulk of the attention from colleges this year, and already he's beginning to receiver a host of letters. "I've heard from Nebraska, Notre Dame, Tennessee, LSU, USC and UCLA so far," said Holt. "Those are the main schools I'm interested in."

Holt attended the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio last month, where he and Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive end Kenny Rowe often rotated at the left defensive end spot, consistently beating their man. "It's a great experience to go against good players from around the country," said Holt. "I'm just trying to get some exposure and show what I can do."

Holt showed plenty during his memorable junior season, recording 73 tackles and 14 sacks, while also catching 48 passes for 840 yards and scoring 8 touchdowns. He added 236 yards on 28 carries and five touchdowns out of the backfield.

While he plays defensive end for Crespi, Holt acknowledges that linebacker could be his college position. He said, "I just want to play on defense and do what I can to make plays. Whether its defensive end or if I move to linebacker, I want to play on defense."

One of the preseason Top 40 from California, Holt plans to do the camp and combine tours this spring to maximize his exposure while gaining experience against guys from bigger schools. "We're only Division X, but we can play with anybody," said Holt.

Holt said he would go through the recruiting process and is not planning to make an early decision.

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