Another top national prospect officially visiting Virginia last weekend was Abraham Clark (Roselle, NJ) wide receiver Jesse Holley . For both Holley and the Cavaliers, the weekend was a success.
“It went great,” said Holley, who was hosted by fellow New Jersey native Lance Evans, Alvin Pearman, and Tony Franklin. “I spoke to all the players and coaches. It really went great. Virginia is right up there [on my list].”
Throughout the weekend, Holley spoke to many Cavalier freshmen and sophomores, and the primary topic of conversation was Coach Groh’s fast rising reputation of playing freshmen early. Groh’s confidence in his players to contribute early impressed Holley, who serves as the primary leader and impact player for Abraham Clark.
“I had a good conversation with [freshman safety] Willie Davis about freshman playing early,” said Holley. “He said that if you come in and show coach Groh that you want to play and that you can play, then he will give you the opportunity to play. [Running back] Wali Lundy said the same thing, and said coach Groh is really fair, and he gives everyone an opportunity to play.
“I like it that you are not set in your position, and someone else can bump you out. It only helps keep you motivated.”
Holley also spoke in depth with the Cavalier coaches, who let him know how important he would be to the Cavalier offense.
“Coaches were telling me that they only have two receivers right now who play a majority of the time, and that’s Billy McMullen and Michael McGrew,” said Holley. “I could come in and fill some voids, and if I played hard, I would have a good chance of playing early.”
Perhaps one of the most impressive aspects about the visit for the All-American standout was not football related. Holley met the Dean of the Business school, with whom he discussed Virginia’s academic programs.
“I talked with the Dean of Business,” said Holley, who has fully qualified for NCAA eligibility. “We had a real interesting conversation. They weren’t just throwing numbers at me. It was fun, and I realized that they understand more than just the athlete, they understand the person.”
Holley will set up at least two more official visits, probably to Ohio State and UCLA, before making a final decision. He has no timetable as to when he may make a decision. The visit went as well as Virginia could have hoped, and the Cavaliers stand in good position with the tremendous athlete from New Jersey....
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