6-6, 265-pound offensive tackle recruit Kiaro Holts has only played one season on Warren Central’s varsity football squad, but it has been enough for 20 FBS programs including Florida, Southern Cal and Virginia Tech. The Indianapolis (IN) native reached 20 official FBS offers recently after Gators head coach Urban Meyer came through.
“It feels good,” Holts said of the recruiting success he has enjoyed to this point. “It feels like all the hard work I’ve done has paid off.”
Of his latest offer, Holts said, “I was excited. I wasn’t expecting it.”
Holts has the frame college coaches are looking for in an offensive tackle, but coaches have been impressed with other areas of his game as well.
“My footwork and how I finish blocks are what coaches say they like the most,” said Holts, who helped Warren Central capture a state championship in 2009. “I’m still working on my speed and on getting stronger. And I want to be a bigger leader and have an impact that way.”
In addition to attending camp at Virginia Tech last summer and visiting Tech again for a junior day in late February, Holts has visited Cincinnati, Indiana, Louisville and Purdue. He hasn’t made many recent visits but plans on “taking a lot in the summer,” he said.
“The next place I’m going is to Florida in June,” Holts said.
Warren Central assistant coach Steve Tutsie thought that Holts planned to visit Virginia Tech for the Spring Game next Saturday. Holts, however, isn’t sure about the trip.
“I might, but I don’t know right now,” Holts said.
Virginia Tech has already gained a commitment from top Warren Central defensive tackle prospect Kris Harley. While the two are friends, Holts says they aren’t automatically going to go to the same school.
Asked for his impression of Virginia Tech, Holts said, “It’s great. I still talk to Coach Wiles. I’ll probably end up visiting there at least one more time.”
Holts listed a top four of Southern Cal, Cincinnati, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech last month. He declined to name a favorites list this time around and isn’t sure when a decision will come. He estimates that he’ll commit this fall, but it could come earlier.
“If I feel it when I go to visit somewhere, I’ll commit, but if not I’ll...
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