Holland brings the heat off the edge

Victor Valley LB Daniel Holland (6-3, 235) is a player who knows how to get to the quarterback and after a big freshman season for the Rams in 2010, he is getting a lot of early attention from four-year schools...

Holland prepped at Norland (Miami, Fl.) High School and was unable to qualify for a scholarship to a D-1 school.

"I wanted to have a chance to play D-1 ball and after I talked with the coaches here at Victor Valley I figured it was the best spot for me," Holland told JCFootball.com. "The way they were going to use me, I had confidence they would put me in position to make plays and that's what I do best."

As a freshman in 2010, Holland played the weakside (WIL) linebacker position and racked up 37 tackles and 9.5 sacks.

"We run a 3-3-5 so I was sort of a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end," Holland said. "What I do best is get to the quarterback. I love rushing the passer and making plays that way for my team."

This season Holland is projected to play a more traditional linebacker role and he said that has gotten him focused on getting stronger as well as getting his reads down.

"I want to hold up better against the run and to do that I have to get stronger," Holland said. "I can still do it, but by getting stronger I can get rid of blockers easier and make even more plays.

"I pursue really well because I have good speed (4.47) and I never give up on plays."

On the recruiting front, with his talents and productivity, Holland has already garnered quite a bit of interest from four-year schools, but they want to see him some more before they extend him an offer.

"I haven't been offered yet, but a lot of schools said they want to see me this year a little more first," Holland said. "I've talked a lot with Utah, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Iowa State, Central Michigan, Middle Tennessee and Nevada and those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

"They all have my transcripts already, so I just have to go out and show them what I can do this year and that's what I plan to do."

Holland is on pace to finish up his classwork in May of 2012 and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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