Jesse Holley , an outstanding prospect from Abraham Clark High School in Roselle, NJ, will be making his official visit to the University of Virginia this weekend. This will be Holley’s second official visit, having already tripped to Michigan State on the weekend of October 18.
He is excited about the upcoming visit to Charlottesville, when the Cavaliers take on the Maryland Terrapins in the final home game of the year.
“Yeah, I really am excited,” said Holley. “I have been to Virginia only once to catch a game last year, so this will be an opportunity for me to see the rest of the campus that I didn’t see last year.
“The [official] visits also will help me narrow my list down.”
Holley, who stands 6-3, weighs 185 pounds, and runs the 40 in 4.45 seconds, is being recruited by every major University in the country. As for a top five, there is no top five per say, as Holley is busy narrowing his list down, although Virginia, UCLA, Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, and North Carolina are some schools up near the top. All have offered. With the coaching change, Michigan State has been eliminated.
Abraham Clark Head Coach Lou Grasso says Holley is the most recruited prospect he has ever coached.
“He’s just a great athlete on both sides of the ball, and every school in the country is recruiting him,” said Grasso. “It’s unbelievable. I’ve never had a player earn this many [scholarship] offers. ”
As for the Cavaliers, the remarkable 7-4 season has made an influence. Al Groh and company’s faith in the true freshmen to perform this season is one of the more impressive qualities about Virginia in Holley’s eyes.
“Watching Virginia this year, they have had a lot of young players play early,” said Holley. “Just giving freshmen the potential to play early and be put in a lot of situations, to be put in a position to succeed or fail, is [impressive]. It says a lot that Virginia has the confidence in the players they bring in, and are not just looking for the number one recruiting class or anything like that.
“That’s the big thing I like about Virginia.”
While he likes the way Virginia handles its freshmen players, early playing time is not a factor in Holley’s decision making process.
“If I’m called upon to play my first year, I will try and make a tremendous contribution,” said Holley. “But I don’t mind being red-shirted. I would like to get bigger, stronger...
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