Reason To Worry With Holt?

Jarrod Holt

When he committed to Duke, it seemed as though Clearwater, Florida lineman Jarrod Holt was set on becoming a Blue Devil. However, recent reports suggest that Holt may be wavering a bit with his resolve to join Duke. So what's the latest? TDD investigates.

"I'm still very much committed to Duke," said Jarrod Holt. "But I'm still getting a lot of interest from other schools. Right now I'm hearing the most from North Carolina State and Clemson is calling a lot too. They are trying to get me to do something else."

And while Duke fans would no doubt welcome an out-right rebuff of the new teams' interest, it would seem as though Holt is going to double check his commitment's strength.

"They are talking to me about visits, and I may take a few. It's not that I am not really happy with Duke. I am. But I need to make sure it's the best place for me for the next five years of my life."

And the Blue Devils certainly have a lot going for them in Holt's eyes.

"I have a great relationship with the staff. Coach Spencer and I talk a lot. I love what a Duke degree can do for me in the future, after football; and I know that Duke is really close to being a competitive ACC program."

After a strong senior campaign that saw Holt grade out in the 90's this year on blocking assignments while averaging around seven pancake blocks per game, Holt earned a spot in the Pinella's Football all-star classic. Holt will also likely be a candidate for the California-Florida all-star game.

When he committed over four months ago Holt told Scout.com that he was set on Duke and "won't waste anyone else's time with recruiting". So what changed in his mind that potential visits to other programs may be set up?

"Coaches just stayed in contact. A lot of schools believe that if you commit early you can still be swayed, so they have come on hard with a lot of recruiting. It's not just Clemson and State – I'm also hearing from West Virginia, Purdue, and others."

Before committing, Holt had an impressive list of offers to choose from including NC State, Maryland, Clemson, Wake Forest, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, South Florida, Rutgers, Iowa State, Missouri, San Diego State, Tulane, and Indiana.

So is there anyway that Holt won't be faxing his letter in to Durham come signing day?

"Right now I'm set on Duke. Anything can happen, but I'm going to set up a visit with the coaches as soon as possible."

Holt is rated as the #100 offensive lineman in the United States by Scout.com and a three star prospect.

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