Road Trip

An outstanding offensive line prospect with more than two dozen scholarship offers is making a marathon trip to check out as many schools as possible during the summer, and West Virginia was a recent way station on the big tackle's adventure.

Clearwater (Fla.) High School's Jarrod Holt is leaving no stone unturned in his search to find the perfect college for himself. The talented blocker decided that the best way to learn about the schools recruiting him was to check them out in person, so he and his parents have hit the road this summer to view as many of them as they can.

Among Holt's stops on his road trip was West Virginia, which he and his parents hit on June 19th.

"My impression of West Virginia was great," said Holt, who is wrapping up the latest leg of his trip with visits to several other schools. "They have great facilities up there. That was the first time I had been to see West Virginia, but I had heard great things about it. It took me by surprise a little bit -- I wasn't expecting everything I found there.

"I went in thinking it was country, you know, way up in the mountains. But there was a lot to do there. I liked it."

Holt continues to stick to his plan of seeing all of his schools of interest before narrowing down his list, but does admit that WVU is closer to the top than to the bottom at the moment.

"West Virginia is pretty high up there with the other schools," Holt said. "I have not done a top five yet, but I certainly haven't ruled West Virginia out."

Holt appears to be doing all the right things in order to make his choice a good one. He's gathering information first hand, with the support of his family.

"I'm looking for a place I can get a great education, and a place that has a great football program," he detailed. "I'm not sure on a major yet, but I might leave that open, because everyone changes their majors after they get to college anyway."

Holt made that last statement with a laugh, but he certainly isn't kidding when he talks about the support his parents have given him during the recruiting process.

"They have been with me on all the trips, and they have given me a lot of support. I couldn't have done it without them."

Holt is now in the process of winding down his trip, which has consisted mostly of one day visits to each school of interest. In addition to West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Florida, Miami, Duke North Carolina State, Wake Forest, and Pittsburgh have been included on his itinerary.

Once his summer road trip is completed next Monday, Holt says he will begin to narrow down the list. He doesn't have a timetable for that process, but does have a least a rough idea of when he would like to wind it all up and make his decision.

"I'd like to make a decision by the fall, or the end of the season at latest," he said. "I'd definitely like to have it done by the end of the year."

Judging by the number of offers the thoughtful and meticulous lineman has, many college coaches believe he will be worth the wait.

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