Holley is preparing for the next 30 to 40 years

Brooklyn (N.Y.) Abraham Lincoln defensive tackle Thomas Holley visited Florida during Will Muschamp’s football camp.

During his time in Florida, the 6-foot-4, 299-pound Holley also visited Miami and Florida State.

“I had a good time on those trips,” Holley said. “Each of them were enjoyable and very nice and each of them had their own unique things about them at the same time.”

At Florida, Holley was able to meet with Jeff Dillman and the rest of the coaching staff.

“Florida had really good facilities,” Holley said. “You can tell they take good care of their players at Florida, both health wise and football wise. The coaches help the players succeed and the strength staff was really good.”

Holley said that being a highly rated prospect has both advantages and disadvantages.

“The best part is the feeling of being wanted,” Holley said. “I could care less about being a 5 star or a 2 star. A lot of 5 stars have been busts and a lot of 2 stars have been Hall of Famers. The worst part of the process is everyone is trying to get in touch with you and want to talk to you while you’re trying to do your homework or school stuff.”

For Holley, he has done his homework and he knows what he is looking for in a school that he will spend his college life at.

“I’m looking at the pros and cons of every school,” Holley said. “When I visit these schools, I don’t look at all of the glamour stuff, I look at the fine print aside from football. I look at the atmosphere and the people around them. I look at schools and look to see if it’s a place where I could get into trouble because of all the stuff around or if it’s a place I will be bored at. Where ever I pick for the next three to four years could affect me for the next 30 to 40 years.”

Holley says he plans to narrow down his list to a top 3 or 5 by the end of the summer and he said distance isn’t a factor.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.