2016 Intro: Chapman LB Landon Holden

Middle linebacker is arguably one of the most important positions on a defense. 2016 Chapman High linebacker Landon Holden started 7 games for the Panthers this past season and he put up some big time numbers in limited starts. ACC & SEC schools are taking an early look at the 6'1 195 pound prospect who has a real nose for the ball and causing turnovers.

Landon Holden Profile

Holden had a superb sophomore season despite just starting 7 games for the Panthers. He talked about his best game of the season with us.

"My best game was against Union County. I had earned the starting job at middle linebacker week 8 into the season. If we didn't win the game there was no shot we could make the playoffs. I had 18 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 tackles for loss. I graded out the highest on the team that week and was the player of the game. It was so special because it was a Thursday night televised game, and my first game as a varsity starter."

For the year Holden had 111 tackles, 5 sacks, 7 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 punt blocks, and 6 quarterback hurries.

His production level has sparked the interest of a few schools early on in the recruiting process. In fact, the sophomore took a visit a few weeks ago to visit one of those schools.

"I visited North Carolina and the visit was great! My favorite part was seeing the athletic facilities and the most fun part was putting on the player's gear."

The Tar Heel coaches spoke with Holden while he was there.

"I briefly talked to Coach Brewer and Coach West. They said they would like to get me to a game next season and to a day camp this summer."

Holden says that Brewer is his primary recruiter for the Tar Heels.

Asked to rate his trip to Chapel Hill on a 1-10 scale with 10 being the best says he'd give his visit a "9".

As mentioned before a couple of other schools have expressed early interest in Holden and he told us which ones. He also told us which school is showing him the most interest at this point.

"Georgia Tech and South Carolina have visited my school and I briefly spoke to their recruiters. I have gotten the most attention from North Carolina so far."

The 2016 prospect says so far most schools are recruiting him as a linebacker but he feels that he could play safety at the next level as well.

When critiquing his own game the sophomore pointed out his strengths and areas for improvement for us.

"My strengths are my instincts, ability to read offenses, speed to the ball, and my coach says that I play with my hips cocked which allows me to make big hits."

"To get better I want to improve my size, speed, pass coverage skills, and my footwork because I have a tendency to take a false step."

This off season the Chapman standout says he'll participate in some 7 on 7's and camps this summer and as of right now has no other college visits lined up. He did mention a couple of other schools he's hoping to hear from in the near future hopefully.

"I'd like to hear more from Clemson, Auburn, and Georgia."

SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with Landon Holden as we anticipate his recruitment to pick up if he continues to post huge stats like he did this past season.

Bench press: 235 pounds
Squat: 370 pounds
Power clean: 265 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.75 seconds

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