After heading into last season as the team's starting quarterback, only to come down with an intestinal virus that made him bedridden and derailed his season, Holcombe (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) has put the 20 pounds of weight he lost back on and heads into his senior season feeling the most complete he has in his high school career.
"I am just trying to do the best I can for myself and my team," Holcombe told Badger Nation Sunday. "I am going to try to take advantage of each rep that I get so that I don't have any rust. I've gotten a lot of strength back in my arm. I feel I am a lot better all around."
He also knows it's a chance to show college coaches exactly what he brings to the table, especially recruiting coach Charlie Partridge and the University of Wisconsin, the one school, Holcombe says, has been showing him the most interest.
"Coach Partridge seems to really like me a lot," Holcombe said. "He talks to me quite a bit and really wants me to come up and visit this summer. I am going to camp with them and try to get up that way this summer. He's going to come see me this spring and we'll probably talk more about it."
In addition to Wisconsin, Holcombe has offers from Rutgers and South Florida and has been getting increased interest from Buffalo, Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt. Holcombe threw for 1,359 yards with 19 touchdowns and five interceptions in a predominately running offense his sophomore season, his first season as a starting quarterback.
"I want to be consistent and not force the football," Holcombe said. "That's my big goal to work on during spring football."
After not getting a commitment from a scholarship quarterback in the 2011 recruiting class, it's evident that the Wisconsin coaching staff is determined to take at least one for the Class of 2012, having offers out to uncommitted prospects Holcombe, Bart Houston, Gunner Kiel and Wes Lunt.