Holt Will Take Official Visits

South Jordan (Utah) Bingham tight end Austin Holt twice visited UCLA this year, once for the Spring Game and once for the 1-Day Camp, and Holt said he plans to take an official visit to Westwood this fall...

South Jordan (Utah) Bingham tight end Austin Holt (6-5.5, 231) has had a busy summer, which included an unofficial visit and camp at defending national champion Florida, and despite his commitment to BYU, Holt said he anticipates taking a handful of official visits this fall.

"UCLA has offered me an official visit and so did Florida, and of course, BYU," said Holt. "I'm not sure if Stanford did but I'm hoping to take an official trip there."

All four of those schools have offered, and Holt said that even with the commitment to BYU, he's listening to the other three.

"It's really only those four schools I'm even considering," said Holt. "I get mail from everybody, but those are the four schools that have kept the most in touch. Oregon did for a while, but after Coach (Gary) Crowton left for LSU, I haven't heard from them that much."

And Holt said BYU has been understanding during the process.

"BYU has been supporting me the whole way. When I went there (earlier this week), they said they were happy to see me and were glad I'm committed. All these schools have kept going and a lot of the other schools died off. You can tell which schools are really interested.

Holt just returned from a trip to Gainesville where he had a chance to meet with the Florida coaches and workout at their Friday Night Lights.

"It was really neat, going down there and working in the Swamp. I met a few of their players and I talked with Aaron Hernandez (Scout.com's #1 TE in the class of 2007) quite a bit. Coach Mullen took me around too. I talked with him, Coach (Chuck) Heater and Coach (Urban) Meyer. Coach Meyer was pretty cool and he was excited that I was a Utah guy. Coach Mullen took us around and to the institute to talk with the Bishop, which I appreciated."

Holt said that despite an offer from the Gators, there was no pressure for him to commit.

"They told me that here at Florida, they're not in a rush for commitments. They only had four commitments, but said don't rush it. They want me to come out there on a trip. They said it isn't just me spending the next four years there, it will influence the next 30 years so to take my time," said Holt.

Holt also visited Stanford when he attended the Nike Camp there, and the Cardinal are staying in the mix.

"Stanford sent me the application, but I haven't sent that in," said Holt. "With the season moving really fast, I have not had a lot of time. But I want to take an official visit there at some point. Coach Anderson and I talk quite a bit. The big thing with Stanford right now is just me getting the application in."

Holt twice visited UCLA, one in the spring for their Spring Game and once in the summer for their 1-Day Camp.

"One of the things, UCLA has talked about is me maybe taking my mission next year and then coming when I'm done. It's good because I talked with Ben Olson about that. He came back at 21 and was more mature. It was neat to have him there. I'm all for the mission. I loved everything about UCLA, the campus, really everything about it. Coach (Karl) Dorrell, Coach (Angus) McClure and Coach (Dino) Babers were all real cool to talk to"

Holt took a quick trip to BYU earlier this week.

"I actually was down at BYU (Tuesday)," said Holt. "They've got one of my teammates, Jordan Pendelton, coming in. With BYU, I feel really comfortable there. They've been recruiting me since I was a sophomore, it's in my back yard, and its just a little different from everywhere else. I'm still committed to BYU. I just want to see what else is out there."

Holt said he's been happy with the down time this month, as he prepares with his Bingham teammates to defend their 5A State Championship they won with a perfect record a year ago.

"With this whole August thing of not texting us, it's been pretty relaxing," said Holt. "I just want to get my high school team back to where it was last year."

Bingham starts their title defense next week on the 17th with a game against Skyline then in week two, they face Alta and stud running back Sausan Shakerin before a big interstate game with Kahuku of Hawaii.


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