New York DT Holley Blowing Up

Thomas Holley

Abraham Lincoln High (Brooklyn) defensive tackle Thomas Holley is new to football, but he is already wracking in big-time offers. He spoke about his recruitment, the five offers he holds and several others that are expected to come his way. And so you can find out what the fuss is about, his highlights are included.

It took less than one full season of football and a few minutes of a highlight tape for Abraham Lincoln High (Brooklyn) defensive tackle Thomas Holley to become a big-time recruit.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Holley, who grew up playing basketball, had a huge Thursday as five schools extended offers, and Notre Dame and Rutgers said they were close to offering.

"It's exciting and it's unbelievable," Holley said. "It's leaving me dumbfounded. I went from this kid that just decided to play football and now I have all these big-time football schools after me in a short period of time. It's a wonderful feeling."

Holley not only made the move to football, he also jumped transferred schools to make it happen.

After attending Christ the King (Queeens) for two years – he worked out with the football team during his sophomore year but did not play – he transferred to Lincoln High and played most of the 2012 season.

He wasn't getting much attention until his coach sent out his highlights, and the phone calls began pouring in.

"My coach says I have an engine and I never stop," Holley said. "I play from the beginning of the play to the end of the play.

"My coach sent out the tape, and all of a sudden UMass offered, and Florida State offered, and Miami and Syracuse and Penn State and as far as I know, I believe Notre Dame is going to offer soon. I'm going to Rutgers on Tuesday, and I believe they're going to offer me."

Holley, who plays at the same school that produced Notre Dame's Ishaq Williams, broke down what he know about each school:

Florida State: "A powerhouse program, and they have what I'm thinking of majoring in. I'm thinking between medicine and criminal justice."

Miami: "There a powerhouse football program and I know they have really good academics. I believe they have a high graduation rate, 91 percent of their players."

Notre Dame: "I don't know (Williams), but I know of him. I've heard about him. I know they were in the national championship and (lost) to Alabama. I know there's really good academics over there."

Penn State: "I'm still doing my research on them as well. My cousin goes there, so if I have any questions, I can get the answers from there."

Rutgers: "It's a good football program, good academics, and it's not too far from home. I've been to Rutgers a few times but it was to play basketball there. I haven't been around the school or talked to any of their coaches much yet. I'm still doing my research on them."

Syracuse: "They have a nice football program, a big basketball program and good academics. And it's not too far from home."

Holley is enjoying the excitement of his recruitment taking off, but he also knows it means he will be busy in the spring and summer making visits to campuses.

"As of right now, my options are open," he said. "but sooner or later I'm going to start narrowing my options down."

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