Holt Thinks More Offers Coming

While D.J. Holt, the 6-2, 240-pound defensive end/linebacker from Encino (Calif.) Crespi, was considered one of the best players in SoCal last year as a junior, he still will have to prove himself this spring in the camps and combines...

Encino (Calif.) Crespi defensive end/linebacker D.J. Holt (6-2, 240) still holds just one scholarship offer, from Nevada, but the attention he is receiving gives him reason to believe that more are on the way.

"I'm hearing from all of the Pac-10 except Stanford, and LSU, Boston College, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Miami and Georgia Tech," Holt said.

Boise State was on the Crespi campus this week, with Arizona State scheduled to come by later this week. Holt said he's heard from his coaches that several other Pac-10 schools will visit in May.

And three Pac-10 schools are in Holt's top five. "UCLA, USC, Arizona State, Notre Dame and Miami, that's my top five," Holt said. "I like Nevada, too, since they offered me. I'm pretty open, but I like UCLA and USC a lot right now since they're close."

Holt attended UCLA's Junior Day and is being recruited by UCLA assistant and offensive coordinator Jim Svoboda.

A big question for Holt, besides who will offer, will be what position he plays in college. "I'm getting recruited as a defensive end, linebacker, and a tight end. Nevada likes me as an athlete, but I want to play defense," said Holt.

Holt had a monster junior season at defensive end, being named the CIF Division X Defensive Player of the Year, finishing with 73 tackles and 14 sacks, while also catching 48 passes for 840 yards and scoring eight touchdowns as a tight end. He added 236 yards on 28 carries and five touchdowns on offense out of the backfield.

Despite the probable move to linebacker for college, he said he may stay at defensive end for Crespi this fall if it helps his team, who won the CIF Division X title in 2005.

"I can play linebacker, but I'm not sure where they will put me this year. I'll do what's best for my team, if I have to wait to play linebacker," said Holt. "I'll even play offense again this year, but defense is where I'll be in college," said Holt.

The lack of more scholarship offers very well could be attributed to Holt, at 6-2, having to prove he's quick enough to play linebacker in college, even though he says he runs a 4.6 forty. Holt said, "I don't think I'll have a hard time adjusting (to linebacker). "

Next weekend, Holt will have a chanced to prove it, with the intention of participating in the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles and then the following weekend he'll attend the Stanford Nike Camp.

He will take the SAT in June and has a 2.8 GPA.


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