Thomas Holley discusses the latest in his recruitment

Thomas Holley just got back from an official visit to Penn State and is planning on checking out Ohio State next. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Thomas Holley, the Lincoln defensive lineman and four-star recruit with more than 25 offers, is the last of Brooklyn’s three big prospects, the other two being Curtis Samuel and Jay Hayes, left uncommitted. Holley wants that to come to an end soon though, especially since his good friend and basketball star Isaiah Whitehead committed to Seton Hall.

“(Isaiah and I) were talking about it not too long ago,” Holley said. “I asked him where he wanted to go and he told me Seton Hall and he said, ‘yo, I want to get this over with,’ and I said I felt the same way. He asked me who I was thinking about and I threw out a couple of schools. He told me to figure out where I wanted to go and said it’ll be there when I make my decision, but I definitely want to get it out of the way.”

Holley said that interest in where he commits has picked up since Whitehead committed, which is why he wants to get it over with even more now. He still doesn’t want to rush into the decision, which is why he’s putting it off until December when the season is over. 

He has began taking his official visits, and went to Penn State immediately after Lincoln’s victory over Midwood on Friday. I spoke with him before he left and he wouldn’t give anything away, but he certainly has noticed that Penn State has recently been granted more scholarships by the NCAA.

“I know they just recently got a couple more scholarships that they are allowed to give out,” Holley said. “Actually, I heard it from (Penn State defensive coach Larry Johnson). I called him a few days ago and he told me they got a couple more scholarships to give out and I was like, ‘really’ so now it gives them the opportunity for them to pick up some other people.”

Holley is also planning a visit to Ohio State this weekend.

When asked which schools are the highest on his radar right now, Holley responded, “Probably at the top would be Ohio State, Florida, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Penn State and a few other schools that I still keep in contact with.”

October 18, 2013 - 3:00pm



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