Holt Gets Offers, Will Camp

After good performances in the recent Scout.com Combine and the Nike Camp, linebacker/athlete D.J. Holt from Encino (Calif.) Crespi has received some scholarship offers. He has a list of schools where he'll camp this summer...

The linebacker/athlete from Encino (Calif.) Crespi, D.J. Holt (6-1, 236), has three scholarship offers but believes many schools are waiting on an SAT score.

"San Diego State came by the school and offered," said Holt. "Oregon State offered me last week and Nevada had offered me a while ago."

Holt, though, has yet to take the SAT, and that should change next month. "I'm taking the SAT on June 3rd," said Holt.

Holt is also receiving strong interest from most of the Pac-10, several Big 12 schools and some WAC and Mountain West schools, along with Notre Dame and Miami.

But Holt prefers the West Coast. "Ideally, I'd like to stay in the Pac-10. My top five is USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Cal and Oregon," said Holt.

Holt will be at the USC Rising Senior Camp, Cal's 1-Day Camp, UCLA's 1-Day Camp and an Oregon team camp over the next month. Arizona State is the only school in Holt's top five that he won't visit in the camp environment.

In the meantime, Holt is preparing for passing leagues, with an upcoming tournament scheduled to include Hart, Oaks Christian and Palmdale, schools that pass quite a bit, which will help Holt make the transition from defensive line to linebacker. "I'll play linebacker during passing league. My coach has been switching me at defensive end and linebacker to get me reps. I'm probably going to stick with end this year, but play linebacker in college," Holt said.

If his performance at the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles was any indication, Holt should be able to make the transition. Holt was named to the All-Combine Team, looked very good in coverage and used his good hands to make a few interceptions. He felt comfortable playing linebacker, and also tested well at the combine, running a 4.62 forty and a 4.47 shuttle.

He attended the Nike Camp at Stanford over the weekend and was looking good in the drills before suffering a minor leg injury. "I was just tired from the drive," said Holt. "I'm done with combines. Just camps now," Holt said.

Holt said he wasn't in any rush to make a decision, wanting to take all five official visits, and see what other offers he may have, before he decides.

The CIF Division X Defensive Player of the Year, Holt finished 2005 with 73 tackles and 14 sacks, while also catching 48 passes for 840 yards and scoring eight touchdowns. He added 236 yards on 28 carries and five touchdowns out of the backfield.

Holt could play on the offensive side of the ball, as some schools have told him, as an H-Back or fullback, but his passion is on defense.

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


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