Holt Still Committed to BYU

Austin Holt, the 6-5, 230-pound prospect from Utah, recently took another unofficial visit to UCLA -- for its One-Day Camp -- and the #2-ranked tight end in the country talked more about his commitment to BYU, his growing interest in UCLA, and more...

Despite verbally committing to BYU early on in the recruiting process, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham tight end Austin Holt (6-5.5, 228) has still been hearing from several schools, and UCLA joined Florida in recently offering the #2 tight end in the country.

"Recruiting started early for me, when I was a sophomore, so when I committed, I was kind of liking taking the break from it," said Holt. "But with schools still recruiting me, I've already dealt with it before so its no big deal. When schools like UCLA and Florida offer you, it's a little more different, but I'm still solid to BYU."

Holt camped at UCLA earlier this month, his second visit to Westwood in a six-week span.

"I was out there for the Spring Game when I went to the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles, and took an unofficial visit then. This time, I got to work out for the new coach, Angus McClure, and that was really cool," said Holt. "It was really his first day on the job, and he was getting his feet wet, but I felt pretty comfortable with him. I was feeling that I was learning a lot from him. He's written me since and texted me some more."

Holt received his offer from UCLA prior to McClure's arrival in Westwood, getting it officially from Karl Dorrell. "I actually got my offer before Coach (John) Wristen left, but Coach McClure said he really liked me and that they would love to have me," said Holt. "Getting an offer from them definitely sparks more interest, and I've been in a lot more contact with them and talking to them a little bit more."

Holt took a more extensive visit of the UCLA campus when he was there in April, but he still was glowing about his visit this time. "We brought my mom this time, she'd never been," said Holt. "She was expecting the whole L.A. thing, but she came away really impressed. With Beverly Hills and Bel Air right there and then the campus, it was really great."

Holt is to take a visit to Florida for a vacation with his family. "I'm going down there to visit my grandparents and we might go over there to Florida for an unofficial visit," said Holt.

Many of the Gators coaches, including head coach Urban Meyer and recruiting coordinator Chuck Heater, knew of the Bingham program when they were at Utah, and that is how the interest was sparked in Holt. When it comes to official visits, Holt doesn't see many in his future. "I don't know if I'll take official visits anywhere besides BYU, because my high school team is my number one thing and I've already committed to BYU," said Holt. "But I may try and visit UCLA officially."

Holt said that he is also trying to determine the best time to take his LDS mission. "I haven't really decided on the mission yet," said Holt. "I know once I sign the Letter-of-Intent, that will help me make my decision some."

Holt said he was planning to visit BYU this week for their camp, then head to a basketball camp with his high school team. In the meantime, he's trying to lay low in recruiting. Being the #2 tight end in the country and someone that is recognized in and around his hometown, "laying low" sometimes can be difficult however, with Holt getting recruiting input from just about everywhere. "It's funny, people at the grocery store come up to me, and are saying to me that they're happy I'm going to BYU. Then Utah fans are telling me not to go to BYU," said Holt.

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