Stay in-state is the message for Holland

Will Muschamp has been focused on finishing the Class of 2014 strong, but there are also a few 2015 prospects that he’s been giving a lot of attention to lately.

One of the prospects who has Muschamp’s full attention is 2015 linebacker Jeffrey Holland (6-2, 226, Jacksonville, FL Trinity Christian) who was on Florida’s campus this Saturday.

“It was a great visit on Saturday,” Holland said. “It was great. I had a good time just like a regular time when I come up here.”

Holland has been to Florida dozens of times and talks to Florida often but says that Will Muschamp had a simple message for him when they talked on Saturday.

“Not really nothing new,” Holland said. “He just said why move further than your home state when you’re right up the street. I just had a pretty good talk with him about life.”

When Holland was in town on Saturday he had the chance to sit down and talk about the Gators defense with D.J. Durkin and with Muschamp.

“We talked about a lot on Saturday, all of the defenses I can play in like 4-3, 3-4,” Holland said. “He said I can play in any linebacker spot, we talked a lot about that and me and Coach Durkin drew up stuff on the board, he drew up all the personnel stuff. I just learned the defense.”

Holland knows as much as he will about the schools that are recruiting him. Now that he knows their sales pitch, holland prefers to focus in on chalk talk and trying to find university and a program where he fits in and one that will make him better on and off of the field.

“Just, you know, the coaches, they’re pretty cool but I just want to know where I would fit in the best at,” Holland said. “I want to make plays, I want to get to the next level and I also want to go to a school that will make me a better person in life.”

On Saturday, Holland was supposed to be in Tuscaloosa but he choose to visit Gainesville instead. This trip to Gainesville won’t be the only visit Holland makes and he does have solid plans to visit other schools soon.

“I’ll probably go to UCLA, late February,” Holland said. “Probably Alabama too. I was supposed to be in Alabama today but I came down here. I wanted to come down here.”

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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, 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.