On Dec. 8, Stockbridge (Ga.) three-star running back Jalen Holston made the decision to commit to Virginia Tech. Over the next few weeks, though, he initially planned out more official visits elsewhere.
Visits were planned to Michigan State, Minnesota and South Carolina. But soon after the new year, Holston had second thoughts. He cancelled those trips and now, set on the Hokies, is also set on signing his national letter of intent tomorrow.
But Holston said that despite initial official visit plans, his stance with Virginia Tech never changed.
“It wasn’t really a decision about me de-committing,” he said. “I talked to them about it and they told me they felt as strong as me, that I could take my other officials and they would be good. At the end of the day, people were making stories and how I wasn’t in it for Virginia Tech. I had visits planned to Michigan State, Minnesota and South Carolina, but after a point, I just decided to cancel all those visits. I was just going on visits to go and see what they had to offer. After a while, I was just 100 % committed, so there was no reason to commit.”
A big reason for his steadfastness is the relationship Holston has with assistant coach Zohn Burden. But it runs deeper than just football.
“He came to see me three times in the last two weeks,” Holston said. “He came last Friday because that was the last day they could see me. It’s been a deep relationship. I can talk to him about anything. I could get him up at two in the morning and talk. If I call and need something, that’s my boy.”
Holston still took two official visits in his recruitment, to North Carolina in October and to Blacksburg for the Hokies’ win over Virginia in November. Now, he’s looking beyond his recruitment.
“My mindset since the beginning has just been to get myself ready to play,” Holston said. “I don’t wanna be overconfident, But I wanna step in there sand start. I don’t wanna sit and watch. He told me physically, I’m ready, but when I step on campus, I wanna be ready mentally. I wanna start as a freshman, so that’s what I’m gonna do.”
Holston plans to sign his letter of intent tomorrow morning in a ceremony at his school. But he’s certainly looking forward to the next step after that.
“To me, I already know my mindset and my goals,” Holston said. “When I set ‘em, I get it. It’s just another opportunity. It’s just on me to take advantage of the opportunity.”