Holland Names Two Early Favorites

Wake Forest football coaches are hard at work this Spring, identifying the top talent in the high school class of 2004. One such prospect is Virginia's Brandon Holland. The defensive end has already visited the Wake Forest campus.

6'5, 281 pound defensive end Brandon Holland is an elite junior from Northside High School in Roanoke, Virginia. A prospect who accumulated 35 individual tackles, 33 assists, and six sacks as a junior, Holland has six schools that he likes the most early on in his recruitment. "Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Boston College, and Michigan State" are the schools Holland names as his top six early on.

Two schools stand out above the rest, however. "Right now, Tennessee and Tech are my favorites," Holland said. "They've impressed me the most so far. I still have a couple visits and camps to go to but right now, it's Tennessee and Tech at the top."

We asked Holland to speak about each of his two favorites at this point in the recruiting process.

"At Tennessee, the coaching staff is very nice. As far as the weight program and their scheme of play football, I like them. Academic-wise they're pretty good and they've got lots of stuff I could major in. Of course academics are real important."

"Tech is close around here and my mom likes tech a whole lot," Holland continued. "Tech is very good academic–wise as well and they have a very good team and the coaching staff is very nice. I really like Bud Foster and his defensive scheme. Their weight program is good and they stress that as well as grades. Grades are always #1 with Frank Beamer."

Holland, who attended the Spring Game, Tech's home opener, and other practices last year, notes that he will be in Blacksburg again on April 19th to attend this year's Spring Game. As for Tennessee, he attended the Miami-Tennessee game last season as well as the Arkansas-Tennessee game in Knoxville. He will travel to Tennessee on April 12th to visit.

"I'm planning on going to Georgia this summer and UVa as well," Holland said. "Also, I've been to Wake Forest, but that's not really what I'm looking for football-wise."

Holland will attend the Tech team camp this summer and may also attend the Boston College, Tennessee, and Tech individual camps.

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