NCF On The Trail: kendrick holland

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The state of Florida has become center of the recruiting universe in recent years. Whether it’s because it’s arguably the most talented state for prospects or the fact that teams go head-to-head in spring matchups, the Sunshine State has become the go-to state for college coaches in the spring evaluation period.

In the Jacksonville area, there is an abundance of talent in not only the Class of 2015 but in the 2016 and 2017 classes as well. Here is the latest news and notes from that talented part of the state.

Prediction time
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Gerry Hamilton/ESPNOLB Jeffery Holland, No. 24 in the ESPN 300, says Auburn is a slight favorite, but Florida, UCLA, USC, Bama, Tennessee and Ohio State are still in the mix.
Jeffery Holland, No. 24 in the ESPN 300, continues to list Auburn as a “slight” favorite over Florida, with UCLA, USC, Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio State on the periphery. The 6-foot-3, 232-pound edge-rushing specialist had the Gators on top of his list from the start of his recruitment, but the Tigers have pulled in front in recent weeks. Holland is expected at Auburn’s “Big Cat Weekend” on May 31 with a decision possible in early July, or closer to the Under Armour All-America Game. Auburn and Florida are scheduled to be at the Trinity Christian spring game Thursday, with Florida recruiting him the hardest. Holland is working to be a mid-term graduate in December.

ACC recruiting storylines: Oct. 24 

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The recruiting week in the ACC has centered around two states, as both Florida and Virginia programs added commitments while Miami has learned its NCAA fate.


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Here are the top performances by Big Ten commits and targets from the weekend.


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Big Ten class rankings analysis 

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Each Wednesday, ESPN RecruitingNation updates its national class rankings. For an in-depth look at the Big Ten conference, check out our conference rankings:

1. Michigan, 15 commits: The Wolverines are No. 6 in the RecruitingNation class rankings, which includes nine ESPN300 prospects -- among them headliner and No. 2 overall Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic High). Michigan could make a move into the top-5 by winning the race for No. 4 Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge High). Defensive tackle and No. 67 Malik McDowell (Southfield, Mi./Southfield High) is another top target still in play. No. 41 overall John Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Polytechnic High) will visit Nov. 29, and is another top target remaining.

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There are still a ton of prospects on the board for Big Ten teams, so conference recruiting reporters Tom VanHaaren and Brad Bournival take a look at the best and worst case scenarios remaining for each team.

Illinois
Best-case scenario: Illinois picked up an offensive line commit on Monday with Peter Cvijanovic (Great Barrington, Mass./East Coast Prep), which gives the Illini two offensive line commits. Despite having four wide receiver commits on board, it looks like the staff would take another receiver in this class.

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Official Visits: Sept. 27

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Arkansas
Georgia
  • Five-star Under Armour All-American ILB Raekwon McMillan (No. 14 in ESPN 300; Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County)
  • Four-star WR Josh Malone (No. 99 in ESPN 300; Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp)
Minnesota
Ohio State
  • Four-star Under Armour All-American ATH John Smith (No. 41 in ESPN 300; Long Beach, Calif./Poly)
  • Four-star WR Johnnie Dixon (No. 42 in ESPN 300; Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer)
  • Four-star Under Armour All-American WR Travis Rudolph (No. 65 in ESPN 300; West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman)
  • Four-star OG Demetrius Knox (No. 166 in ESPN 300; Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal) – Committed: Ohio State
  • Three-star TE DeAndre Goolsby (Derby, Kan.)
  • Three-star TE-H Mike Gesicki (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional)
Oregon
  • Four-star ATH Michiah Quick (No. 43 in ESPN 300; Fresno, Calif./Central East)
  • Four-star RB Tony James (No. 164 in ESPN 300; Gainesville, Fla.)
  • Three-star TE-H Henry Mondeaux (Portland, Ore./Jesuit)
Oregon State
  • Four-star WR Erik Brown (No. 187 in ESPN 300; Fontana, Calif./Summit) – Committed: Washington
  • Four-star CB Jaleel Wadood (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) – Committed: Cal. Originally committed to Arizona State
Pittsburgh
  • Four-star ATH Montae Nicholson (No. 252 in ESPN 300; Monroeville, Pa./Gateway)
Washington
  • Four-star RB Joe Mixon (No. 100 in ESPN 300; Oakley, Calif./Freedom)


There are still big holes to fill in recruiting for the 2014 class and top targets still on the board. A lot of position groups are being addressed in recruiting, but not many have been completely filled.

Big Ten recruiting writers Tom VanHaaren and Brad Bournival take a look at the most important position for each Big Ten team in the 2014 class.


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Class of 2014 wide receiver Kendrick Holland (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven) did most of his damage as a blocker for ESPN 300 teammate Adam Lane in Winter Haven's 27-21 victory over Kathleen last Thursday. But the 6-foot-3, 172-pound junior has already garnered plenty of attention for his pass-catching abilities.

Holland received an offer from Clemson when he attended a camp there over the summer and is waiting for his next one as new schools roll in daily.

"Right now I'm hearing from a bunch of programs," Holland said. "Florida State, Miami, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Georgia... a lot more schools than that. They are all coming in, grabbing film and we'll see what happens."

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