Snow DT Tevita Hola earns early interest

Big, run-stuffing defensive tackles are a coveted commodity in the college football world and one of the best in the JC ranks this year is Snow DT Tevita Hola (6-1, 311). After returning from his two-year mission, Hola is looking for a big sophomore season and then to move on to a four year school. JCFootball.com spoke with him recently about his big freshman season and how recruiting is going.

"I had a pretty good year last year I think," Hola said recently. "I don't know how many tackles I had, but I know I had three sacks and 12 tackles for loss.

"I basically play a three-technique and they like me to play different gaps. I can rush the passer, but in our defense they want me to clog stuff up. That's what I do best I think."

After he graduated from Granger High School in West Valley City, Utah, Hola committed to Southern Utah University and, after redshirting his first year, he decided to take his two-year LDS mission.

He was promised by the coaching staff that he would have a scholarship waiting for him when he returned, but unfortunately that wasn't the case.

"They told me they would hold one, but there wasn't one when I got back," Hola said. "It was kind of frustrating, but I believe if you sit around and get mad and don't try to move on then you only hurt yourself."

So Hola enrolled at Snow and now he's on track to go to a D-1 school and likely a big program.

"Texas A&M has sent me a lot of stuff and they seem really interested in me," Hola said. "Oregon State, BYU and Utah are also sending me a lot of stuff. I get stuff from those four pretty much every week.

"Oklahoma and UNLV are two other schools showing some interest as well, but they really just started pretty recently."

Hola doesn't have an offer at this point and no favorite has emerged for him, but he said he's pretty much set on what will help him make his final decision.

"I really want to try and stay as close to home as possible," Hola said. "I want my family to be able to watch me play -- that's really important to me.

"I also want a chance to play pretty quickly -- that's probably the second most important thing."

Hola wants to major in Business wherever he ends up. He'll have two years to play two and plans to graduate in May.

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