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Florida offensive lineman Will Holden had a top three before making a camp trip to West Virginia. Did that visit and performance add the Mountaineers to the trio?

Offensive lineman Will Holden made a lengthy trip from Florida to West Virginia for a first-hand look at the Mountaineer program, and took full advantage of his time by participating in workouts at WVU's final high school camp of the 2011 year.

"I liked it a lot," Holden said of his visit. "It was fun. It's a lot different in West Virginia than it is down in Florida. The biggest difference is the climate – the air is thinner up there."

Although West Virginia has been blanketed by humidity for a good part of the summer, Saturday was much less water-logged, although the day did turn out hot. Holden didn't let that bother him, however, as he took every rep with approximately 150 other campers. He did well in one-on-ones, moving his feet and keeping his balance against his opponents, and did nothing to change the opinion of anyone who watched him as to his suitability as a Division I prospect.

"I think I did pretty well, but I do need to work on my pass protection some more," he admitted. "We are more of a roll-out team, so I need to do better with that."

Holden had previously listed three schools (USF, Louisville and Wake Forest) as his top choices, but after his trip to West Virginia, the Mountaineers have also elbowed their way into contention.

"I like West Virginia a lot," he said. "They are still in the mix with USF, Louisville and Wake."

With just a week left before the start of practice for his senior season at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, Fla., Holden has wrapped up his summer looks at schools. His next step will be official visits sometime this fall.

"I am going to take visits before I make my decision, but I haven't set any yet. Two of the things I'm going to be looking for in a school are academics (all of his top choices offer his chosen major of criminology) an seeing how the coaching staff interacts. Coach staffs are what make the difference, and I want to see how they are with the players and with each other. I got to see some of that at West Virginia."

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