Trip Report - Chayz Holt

It even caught him a little off-guard, but Chayz Holt did have two days to prepare for his official visit to Washington, and he told Sunday that his trip couldn't have gone any better. But there's still some business to tend to before Holt makes any final decisions about where he will go to college.

"I really didn't know much about the school, to be honest with you," the 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive back from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. said Sunday after returning home from his visit. "A coach from the B2G camp sent them my highlight tape and Coach Me (Demetrice Martin) liked me. I guess the other coaches liked me too, because they invited me, and that's how it all started. Coach Me set it up. He wanted me to visit, so I figured I would.

That conversation was on Thursday. By Saturday night he was at the Arizona/Washington game, soaking in the atmosphere of a Division-1 football game. "I thought it was going to be pretty dead out there, but it was the total opposite," Holt said of his Seattle/UW experience. Desmond Trufant, who had an interception to seal a hard-fought 36-33 win for the Huskies, was Holt's player-host. "It was everything I thought it wasn't. I didn't think it was going to be that cool. It was probably one of the most beautiful campuses I've ever been to."

Washington's academic presentation also made an impression on Holt. "I like how they said that 86 percent of the student-athletes graduate, and that's important to me," he said, also noting that he wants to major in communications. I want to get my degree and everything."

And then there was the game. "I loved the game," he said. "It was probably the best atmosphere I've ever been around. It was real loud. I loved the stadium and the other recruits agreed with me. We all had a good time. We were able to watch them come out of the tunnel. Me and the other recruits were able to make the line when they came out. That was pretty cool. We watched them pre-game and then went out to our seats. We had good seats and everything. I loved the atmosphere. It was really good. The fans are loud and it's a beautiful view right by the lake. It was nice."

The Huskies are recruiting Holt as a secondary player. "I'm real versatile," he said. "I think that's what they liked about me the best." And for those that haven't seen him play, Holt takes pride in his physical play. "I'm not afraid to hit," he said, matter-of-factly. "Most DB's are pretty boys, and I'm aggressive. I love to hit. That's what separates me from the crowd. Coach Me told me to work really hard and I could play early as a freshman. They need help in the secondary a lot.

"I'm really under the radar. That's why everyone was surprised when they invited me. Coach Me was saying how this upcoming week schools are going to blow me up because I'm a diamond in the rough. They must think I'm pretty good."

Holt left Seattle without a formal offer from Washington, but he's hoping that will change in a couple of weeks. "They said they want to see me in person play, so they are coming to see me play during their bye week when we play Alta Loma," he said.

The Cougar admitted that he's a Cali boy at heart and would love to stay close to home. San Diego State and San Jose State have talked to him, but he's unsure when he's going to get the same kind of attention shown by the Huskies. And even if all his favorites offer in the future, it might be hard to take Washington off the top of his list.

"They wanted me the most to begin with, and they are the ones that who got me to this point by inviting me," he said. "And I loved it. It's definitely where I want to be."

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