Holland's identified his sport
Kendrick Holland
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Mar 20, 2013
Chad Simmons


An ACC school identified this two-sport star last spring and they were first to offer him a scholarship. Many others have offered him since and another SEC school may be close.

"Clemson was first to offer me and they offered last spring," Kendrick Holland told Scout. "I do not know a lot about them yet, but I like their offense. Sammy Watkins is a wide receiver for them and he is from Florida, so that is what actually got me interested in them. I like how they get him the ball."

The Tigers were first to offer the 6-foot-4, 186 pound wide receiver out of Winter Haven, Fla., but others have followed.

"Clemson, Virginia Tech, UCF, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Rutgers, and South Florida have offered me. I now about those, but I may have a few more."

He may be on the verge of receiving another SEC offer.

"I have been talking to Georgia a lot. Me and Coach [Bryan] McClendon have had a lot of good talks and he likes me. He thinks I am a real play-maker, he likes my size, and he thinks I could do a lot at Georgia. I will be visiting them soon and I think they are very close to offering me. I have a lot of interest in them."

He has interest in Clemson and Georgia, but those aren't the only schools on his mind.

"I like West Virginia, Kentucky, and Virginia Tech too," said the receiver who caught 51 passes for over 800 yards in 2012.

"I really like West Virginia's offense and how they throw the ball around to their play-makers. They are explosive and they look for big play guys like me.

"Kentucky is another school I like right now and I have a good relationship with Coach [Chad] Scott. He recruits my area and we have been talking almost every day for a while now. He thinks I could start there early and I like that.

"Me and Coach [Torian] Gray have a good thing going on and that has me interested in Virginia Tech. Coach Gray thinks I could come in and help them there, so I like that."

These football coaches are making an impression on a junior that at one time thought he would be playing basketball in college.

He sees what he can do on the football field, he is being offered scholarships to play that sport on the next level, and basketball is no longer the sport for him when talking his future.

"When I first came to high school, basketball was my thing, but now I know football is my ticket. Football is what I am going to play in college and there is no doubt about that. I love football and that is my sport."

Holland is a natural athlete, but he is developing into one of the top wide receivers in the state of Florida in the 2014 class.

When asked about his strengths as a wideout, he said, "Catching the ball at its highest point, catching the ball with my hands, not my chest, and knowing how to use my size to create mismatches."

Spring break is coming up for Holland and he plans to visit Georgia during that time, but he will hit the road more over the summer to see different schools.

"I think I will take a couple of visits, see who I really like, and I think I will make my decision during the season," Holland said. "I am looking for the right offense, how I get along with the coaches, and if I feel good about living there for the next four years. Those things will help me pick my school and I will look for all those things when I take my visits."

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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