October 14, 2011

Interest growing in Holder

Tyree Holder is a 6-foot-1, 165-pound three-star senior cornerback from Tampa (Fla.) Catholic HS and is being recruited by schools all over the country to come in and shut down opponent's wide receivers.

Holder already has five offers. They are from Ball State, Bethune-Cookman, Central Michigan Stony Brook and Washington State. All five of these programs keep in contact with Holder and call him about once a week. Central Michigan generally calls on Thursdays.

There are also a lot of other schools that have shown interest in the Tampa Catholic senior, including schools in the ACC, Big East and Big Ten. Michigan State is one of the schools in the Big Ten that has shown interest.

For every prospect, there are a lot of factors that go into deciding where they will play college ball and it is no different for the Tampa native. It helps that Holder and his family know what they are looking for in as they pick a school.

"They have to have great coaches, good facilities, a positive environment and a good education. I want to go to a place where I can call it home."

The Chippewas went to East Lansing this summer to watch Holder and his 7-on-7 team play at Michigan State. That is when they started contacting him and he has had a lot interaction with them since.

The main position that schools are recruiting Holder to play is cornerback. He is one of the best cover corners in the state of Florida and he has a lot of upside at the position.

Although Holder has not taken any official visits yet, he has traveled north to play in 7-on-7 tournaments in a few places, including Cleveland. Along with his parents, he also made a trip to Michigan State and visited UCF on their Junior Day.

The Tamps native does not have a set timetable right now on when he will make a decision regarding a commitment. He wants to make the right choice.

"I'm not really sure when I will make my decision. My parents and I haven't really sat down and looked at all of the options yet."

Look for Tampa Catholic's game against Tampa Berkeley Prep HS on November 4 to be a big game in Holder's season. He will be matched up against the No. 11 player in the nation, Nelson Agholar. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Agholar, who plays wide receiver for Berkeley Prep, is also the No. 1 athlete in the country and the No. 2 player in the state of Florida in the Class of 2012. Holder will most likely draw the assignment of guarding Agholar, which can make an impact on how various college programs view him as a recruit.

"We should be across from each other the whole time and it should be a good matchup. It's going to be a great game and I'm very excited."

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