- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Hillcrest High School linebacker Keith Holcombe waited patiently for the recruiting process to begin. He received his first offer from Jacksonville State last fall, but that was it. He still wasn’t hearing from anybody.
Then, the spring rolled around, and schools began to take notice of the 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect. Holcombe added six new offers, and college coaches were coming by every day during spring practice.
“It’s been different,” he said. “At first I was kind of down on myself. My dad kept saying it would come at this point, and when this point rolled around, nothing happened. Now it’s starting to pick up. I’m trying not to let it all get to my head.”
Georgia Tech was the first BCS program to offer, followed by North Carolina State. On Monday, Holcombe picked up an offer from Kentucky, his first SEC offer.