Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Holder twins gaining momentum
By Erik McKinney
In the 2013 class, San Diego produced a set of twins in Tyrell Robinson and Tyree Robinson that became national recruits before signing with Oregon. In the 2014 class, the region is again home to brothers who have already earned notice from the Pac-12.
Cornerback Alijah Holder and wide receiver Mikah Holder (Oceanside, Calif./Oceanside) earned offers from Idaho earlier this year, but their recruitment jumped up a notch on Monday, as Arizona came calling.
"Coach [Rich] Rodriguez said he really liked my film and liked my size, and how physical I can be," Alijah Holder said. "It was pretty cool. I wasn't expecting it, but it was exciting to get an offer from Arizona."
It took only one week for Arizona coaches to go from watching film of the Holder brothers to extending offers, and that isn't the only coaching staff that has been impressed.
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound cornerback said he heard from his coach that Washington State is ready to offer as well, as soon as they review film of his brother. Marshall is another school that is showing heavy interest, and the twins will travel north this weekend to take unofficial visits to California, San Jose State and Stanford.
Alijah said staying close to home isn't a priority for the brothers, and schools such as Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee and several Texas schools -- in addition to USC -- stand out as possible destinations. But it's likely that no school will get one without the other.
"I think it's going to happen for sure," Alijah said about the brothers committing to the same school. "We always talk about it."
The one thing coaches are likely never going to see, however, is film of the brothers matching up against each other.
"We go against each other in a lot of things, like basketball, but football is off limits," Alijah said. "We have a pact where we won't go against each other. We get too intense if we start competing against each other in football. There's some sibling rivalry there."
Alijah said he isn't sure what the next step will be after the trip this weekend, although he would like to attend several other junior days and summer camps. The next event on the schedule is the B2G 7-on-7 tournament in April, where the twins will compete with their team, Elite 760.
In high school ball, Mikah caught 42 passes for 825 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, while Alijah picked off four passes. Earlier this month, Alijah was named to the Los Angeles SPARQ All-Combine team after posting a 90.24 SPARQ rating.