Jarred Holley, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound four-star cornerback from Easton Area High School in Pa., says he has over 20 scholarships but hasn't even started setting up his official visits yet.
"I'm setting them up after the season," Holley said. "My coach and I discussed it and we decided I wouldn’t take any trips during the season."
Holley denies a leader, but said he favors Pittsburgh, Virginia, Penn State, Iowa, Stanford and Michigan. He also says all have offered. "I really need to take my visits before I can say I have a favorite," he said. "I want to play in good environment and find a place where I fit in. I'd rather not be in the middle of nowhere, but distance doesn’t really matter to me. I'd like to go where there's stuff to do."
Holley received his first offer during his junior year from Pittsburgh. "I like the coaches a lot," he said. "They seem to be rebuilding and I think they'll be a team to beat in the next few years. I also like the area a lot and that they share their facilities with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"Pittsburgh is just a great city overall and it seems like there's always something going on there and there's a lot of things to do there.
"I also really like the environment at Penn State," he said. "State College is a great college town and I love their tradition and history. Coach Joe Paterno is a great guy."
As a youngster, Holley followed Notre Dame. "As a kid I saw Rudy and that really did it for me," he said. "So I watched a lot of Notre Dame games growing up. They were recruiting me for a while, but I'm not really looking at them. They never offered."
Tradition is important to Holley and that's why Michigan makes his final cut as well. "I was surprised they lost earlier in the season, but they showed they could bounce back and are now playing great football," he said. "That's what really matters…everybody loses, but how you bounce back is key. Michigan never gave up and they have amazing history and tradition there."
Another important criteria in Holley's decision making process will be academics. "That's why I like Stanford," he said. "The value of their degree is amazing. Football isn't always going to be there, so a good degree is important. It also seems like coach Jim Harbaugh has some momentum going and is bringing the team up.
"I also really like the coaches at Iowa, specially coach Kirk Ferentz," he said. "They are great coaches and I like their sense of family there. They all stick together and I feel like they really care about their players as people and not just as football players."
Holley says he'd like to make a decision by the end of the year, most likely sometime in December.
His team is currently 6-3 and will need to win their remaining two game to qualify for the playoffs.
"I'm able to read the quarterback well and can break on the ball quickly," he said talking about his strengths at cornerback. "I like to play loose, but I'm real effective and can make big plays.
"I want to improve my overall speed and size," he said.
He reports a 3.6 core GPA and says he doesn't remember his SAT score. "I did pretty well," he said. "I know that Stanford still wants me to take the ACT too, so I'll do that for sure, but haven't set up the date yet."