Virginia Lineman May Decide Early

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Northside (VA) defensive/offensive lineman Brandon Holland has received one official scholarship offer, and another may be on the way shortly. Regardless of how many offers he receives, the 6-4, 280 pound prospect would like to make a decision early – possibly even this summer.

“Virginia Tech has made an [written] offer, but that’s it right now,” said Holland. “Clemson verbally offered me, but they haven’t sent me any papers. They said they had a spot for me, and to definitely come down this summer.

“I’m thinking I don’t want to drag it out too far. I’m might make my decision this summer. If not, by the beginning of the football season.”

Tennessee, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Georgia are other schools contacting Holland. He will definitely attend Virginia Tech’s camp this summer and may head to Tennessee as well.

His final decision will be based on a number of factors, with the most important being academics.

“[For my final decision], academics come first, and then the football program, the coaches, things like that,” said Holland. “I want to come into a football program where I can learn a lot from it and learn a lot academically as well.”

Growing up just one hour from Blacksburg, Holland has been interested in the Hokies for quite some time. As they are the only school to offer, they could be considered the odds-on favorite to land the talented lineman.

“I’ve always watched Tech and like Tech,” said Holland.

Throughout his tenure at Northside, Holland has played primarily on the defensive side of the ball. Northside head coach Jim Hickam says that will change this year, as they look to use him more on the offensive side of the ball. An awesome athlete for someone his size, Holland will be used at tight end.

Holland had a chance to display his ability during this past weekend’s Nike Camp. Overall, he felt good about his experience.

“I think I did pretty good,” said Holland. “My forty time wasn’t too good, because it was kind of wet outside, but overall, I did pretty good in all the drills. The camp was good. I liked the camp and learned a lot.

“My best 40 time was between 4.8 and 4.9. I ran that last summer. I’ll probably run it later [this summer] at the Tech camp, and have that as my official time.”

Though Holland plays defensive end and tight end in high school, he has the size to become a tackle on either