Catching Up With Holland Fisher

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Holland Fisher verbally committed to Virginia Tech in February, but that didn’t stop reigning national champion Alabama from coming in with an offer last month.  The 6’2″, 200-pound rising senior linebacker/safety maintains that he is solid with the Hokies, admitting though that he intends to explore the Alabama opportunity further.

“Right now I’m still hard on Virginia Tech,” Fisher said.  “That’s my school.  They’ve been with me since my freshman year and never let up.  They send me letters letting me know how much they can’t wait to have me there and how they love me being a Hokie, but I’m also going to show some interest in Alabama.  I’m interested in getting to know Alabama.  I know they are the national champs two out of the last three years.  I’m not familiar with much else.  I’ll probably go down to see how it is.”

Fisher has no immediate plans to visit Alabama, but he is considering the possibility of taking an official visit to Tuscaloosa this fall or winter.  He does intend to return to Blacksburg soon, either on June 30 or July 1.

“Whenever Joel (Caleb) gets up there, I’m going to go up there the same day as him,” said Fisher, who was a teammate of Caleb’s for two seasons at Clover Hill High School (Midlothian, VA).  Caleb of course signed with Tech in February and just graduated from Clover Hill, while Fisher transferred to Dominion District rival Manchester three months ago.

After Fisher takes in Virginia Tech, he’ll go to Atlanta to compete in the Rivals Five-Star Challenge.  Two weeks later he heads to Eugene, Oregon, to compete in Nike’s The Opening.  Fisher is also set to compete in the Gridiron Kings, a national 7-on-7 competition, later this summer.

“I’m very excited about [The Opening],” Fisher said.  “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  I’ve been training for it, and I look forward to it.”

Fisher, who also has a spot in the 2013 Under Armour All-American Bowl, posted a 4.72-second 40, a 4.41-second shuttle, and a 34-inch vertical leap at the Nike Combine in Charlotte in March.  At last month’s Nike Football Training Camp in Baltimore, he showed off his abilities on the gridiron.

“I got linebacker MVP in Baltimore,” Fisher said.  “I did really good, although I know I could have done better.