Will Holden talks big factor in decision

Will Holden, from Green Cove Springs, Fla., near Jacksonville, attends Clay High School. The 6-foot-6, 277-pound offensive tackle is gearing up for his third year as a starter on the Blue Devil line. He has numerous Division 1 scholarship offers to his credit and stayed busy this summer by touring prospective college campuses.

"It was a great summer," said Will Holden. "I went to Duke, Wake Forest, Louisville, West Virginia, FSU, USF, and I'm probably going to visit Vanderbilt soon."

Schools extending offers include Iowa State, Wake Forest, Louisville, USF, West Virginia, Marshall, and Southern Miss. While not ready to make a commitment yet, Holden liked what he saw when he was in Winston-Salem.

"The University offers so much in the way of academics," Holden said. "Being in the ACC you know it's a really good college football program. When I was there I sat down with Coach Grobe. He seem kindhearted and straightforward. He would be a good coach to play for."

This season Holden will move from his spot at right tackle over to left tackle. Although he missed the scrimmage game against Nease due to a concussion suffered during practice, he hopes to play in the Blue Devil's season opener against Fleming Island.

"It shouldn't be a big deal," Holden said of the side switch. "My strength improved in the off-season. I'm up to 315 on the power clean. I've worked a lot in the weight room and on my foot work. My goal this year is the team's goal, and that's to three-peat in District and hopefully win a state championship."

With plenty of top colleges to choose from, Holden will commit when he's ready and not a moment sooner.

"I wanted to commit before school started," Holden said. "When it feels right then I'll commit, even if it goes to February. The main thing for me is the education. I'm going to college to get a degree. I just want to find a good program with a family atmosphere to do it in."

Although Holden possesses the right size and agility to play major college football he believes his best strength to get him there is his mind.

"My academics are what make me stand out as a player," Holden stated. "There are a lot of guys who can play football, but aren't where they need to be in the classroom. On the line I'm a strong blocker with plenty of football savvy."

The Blue devils went 9-3 last year. They were knocked off in the 3A Regional semifinals by St. Augustine. They finished undefeated in District 3 play.

Holden says his parents accompany him on campus visits and will play a big role in helping him make a decision. He plans on studying Criminology or Sociology in college. Will Holden wears No. 74 for the Clay Blue Devils.

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