November 13, 2012
DT, Holloway continues to eye Army
Every spot is a need when college look to fill their "quota" of talent for each years' recruiting class.
However with that comes some very obvious and specific needs and for the Army Black Knights, one area that has become a challenge is at defensive tackle/nose guard. Yes, there are a few players currently in the system, as well as the pipeline, but it has become apparent that playing full-time 250-255 pound inside linemen is ineffective. That size/type of player are more productive, as demonstrated by moving Bobby Kough from the inside to the outside (defensive end).
One prospect that is high on Army recruiting radar is Jared Holloway, who may not be your prototype size defensive tackle or at least that is if you buy into the idea that the minimum height for a Division I college DT must measure in at 6'3" and above range. However, if you ask Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's High School head coach Steve Mask, the 6-foot-1, 270 is the real deal.
"I'll tell you what, he's a great player," declares Mask. "I think he's a legitimate Division I player. His height hurts him a little bit, but he is a great great defensive lineman. Cause when you watch him on tape, he's very very impressive on tape."
"And when it comes to schools like West Point, he's a high academic achiever. His work ethic in unbelievable and he's probably the strongest kid we have on our football team. He would do well at Army. but I still think and I may be wrong but when it's all said and done a very strong Division I program will get on him, although I'm not saying Army and Air Force aren't strong programs."
According to Holloway, he is hearing from both Army and Air Force regular basis. "I heard from Coach Holmes (Clarence) about two weeks ago ... about the time they played Air Force," said Holloway. "My level of interest in Army is very high. I talked to Coach Holmes about visiting and it is most likely going to take place in January. The same with Air Force as well and Wofford."
According to Holloway, he was unable to catch the contest between the two academy rivals ... both of which have verbally offered the tough defensive tackle.
Going into last week, Holloway had registered 54 tackles and 10 sacks. Presently, Holloway and his teammates are 9-2, as they head into the 2nd round of the playoffs with an upcoming Friday head to head against Greenville.
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