Holt Starts Off Senior Year Well

D.J. Holt, the 6-1, 235-pound athlete from Encino (Calif.) Crespi who can run a 4.6 40, has started off his senior season with three very good games -- and more scholarship offers. He updates us on his recruitment, and the two schools he's waiting to offer him...

Encino (Calif.) Crespi athlete D.J. Holt (6-2, 235), broke the double-digit barrier for scholarship offers last week, with Utah, Fresno State and California all extending him offers. And since September 1st, several other schools have been calling Holt or showing a strong interest in him.

"It's been really picking up," said Holt. "When Cal offered me, I was really excited. When they first told me I was being offered, man, that was cool."

Holt had held the Bears in his top five, but they hadn't offered. Now they join Arizona State and Oregon as schools among his top five that have offered him. Meanwhile, he is waiting for the two local schools.

"My top five, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, USC and UCLA, they are all pretty even so far," said Holt. "I'm just waiting until after the season to decide."

Holt said that Nebraska, Miami, Washington State, Arizona and Michigan State are some of the more recent schools to gauge his interest.

"Most schools are recruiting me for defense," said Holt. "Cal likes me for defense, I know that. USC likes me as an athlete and Coach (David) Watson was at one of my games. Really, I'm ready to play anything. I'm looking forward more to playing defense, but I'm just wanting to play football."

Holt is also in the process of setting up his official visits, having three already finalized. "I'm going to San Diego State on September 22nd (when they host Utah), Arizona State on December 1st and Fresno State on December 15th," said Holt. "I'm going to set up Oregon and Cal next. I'll visit USC and UCLA unofficially since they are closer to home." Holt attended the USC/Nebraska game this weekend.

Holt said that there is a push towards USC from some family members, while others are pitching rival UCLA. "I grew up a USC fan, being raised in California," said Holt. "Some of my family wants me at USC, some of my family wants me at UCLA. For me to be offered by one of those schools would be cool because no one in my family has been offered by UCLA and USC."

Holt has been playing defensive end along with H-back for the Crespi, but also saw some time at outside linebacker in their first two games. "They got me in a little at outside linebacker, where I rolled down and came off the edge. I like defensive end, though, because I can shut down the whole side of the line," said Holt. "The gameplan is focused on you and I want the pressure on me as a senior."

In his first two games, Holt had 10 tackles and four sacks, helping the Celts knock off Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham and Palmdale. This last weekend, the Celts lost to Corona (Calif.) Centennial, which featured junior running back Ryan Bass, and Holt did most of his damage on offense, collecting nine pass receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown.

Crespi has possibly the toughest schedule in SoCal this year, facing the defending champions from D-I (Loyola), D-II (Canyon), and D-IV (St. Bonaventure), and the D-III runner-ups (Notre Dame).

"It's a big schedule, but if we do what we do, we will shock some people," said Holt, who was the CIF Division X Defensive Player of the Year last season when the Celts won the division. "People didn't think we'd do good in D-I, so we're going to let the scoreboard do the talking."

Academically, Holt said he's working to get his GPA up and will be taking the SAT in the fall.

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