Cougs offer 3-star OT out of Colorado

IF YOU LIKE reading about the sleeper offensive linemen in recruiting, then this one's for you. Although it's hard to call him a sleeper anymore with four Pac-12 offers, including one from the Cougs.

Isaiah Holland (6-5, 285) out of Highlands Ranch, Colo., about 20 minutes outside Denver, has offers from Washington State, ASU, Oregon State, Colorado and others. He's getting interest from the Ivy League and elsewhere.

But in a way, recruiting hasn't really started for the Valor Christian High product.

He said he hasn't done much research on the offering schools yet and doesn't have any unofficial visit plans before his senior season starts up.

"I haven't looked into it too much really, I want to wait a little while more before doing that," said the soft-spoken Holland.

Holland did say he's been talking on Facebook with the WSU coaches on a fairly regular basis.

ACADEMICS WILL BE at the top of his list when it comes to choosing a school, Holland said. As far as the football side of things, he wants to play for a good team with a bright future.

"I'd like a good tight community, whether that's at a big or small school, that doesn't matter," said Holland. "Distance, I don't want that to play a big part in my decision because there could be a good school farther way -- I don't think distance will play any role in it."

HOLLAND SAID WHILE he's far from narrowing things down, he liked what OSU assistant Trent Bray told him about how little turnover there had been on the OSU staff.

"It's not a big thing, I just feel like they have a solid coaching staff and that's one thing that's pretty rare, you see how long they've been at their jobs," said Holland.

HOLLAND'S DAD, DARIUS, played defensive tackle for the Buffs and went on to a 10-year NFL career. But it sounds like Colorado has a lot of ground to make up when it comes to the younger Holland.

Holland said it was an honor to receive an offer from the local school as well as one his dad starred at, but he doesn't think Boulder is likely to be his college destination.

Holland led Valor Christian to the 5A State Championship as a junior.

"He has good feet, is athletic and has some nasty in him," says Scout.com's Jason Jewell.

Isaiah Holland profile

For Holland's junior highlights, CLICK HERE

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