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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
DT Holley on fast track toward decision

By Tom VanHaaren

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- FBI agent Thomas Holley (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln) might eventually be his title, but he's a high school defensive tackle for now. The ESPN 150 prospect says he hopes to study criminal justice in college with a minor in sociology and would love to one day be a special agent.

Holley also is a year ahead in terms of his high school credits, so he's currently working on AP courses and earning an honors diploma.

"I loved AP psychology, and I've been taking AP credits so I can graduate early," he said. "That way I can get ahead in college credits, because my goal is to graduate in three and a half years. So I can either start working for the NFL combine or working on my masters."

The four-star prospect has a pretty solid plan for someone who has played only eight high school games. Holley also has a plan for the future in his recruitment process.

"I think I'll have a couple more visits coming up," he said. "I'm not sure where to yet. Hopefully by the end of the summer or before I'll have a top five or top three. That's what I'm trying to work on. Hopefully by the beginning of the season I can have a decision and focus on the season."

Holley says he has taken visits to Florida, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Boston College and likely will take a trip to Syracuse in the near future.

Penn State is a school that has intrigued Holley for a few reasons and is a school that has a good chance to make it into his top list.

"It's not an in-state school, but it's close enough to home so I can call it in-state," he said. "I definitely like their program, and it's not too far from home. I have a cousin that goes to Penn State; she's in the medical field."

He says having a cousin at Penn State likely won't play too much into his decision, but it does help give him some familiarity with the environment and academics of the school.

The 6-foot-4, 303-pound defensive tackle says he does have a few schools sticking out, but is still open to the teams recruiting him.

"I don't really have my schools ranked out, but I have schools that I like," he said. "Penn State is definitely one of them. Probably Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida and Florida State. Most of the schools I have visited. A few schools are ahead, but I'm not going to put them out there."