ESPNU 150 OG Holts up to 28 offers 

June, 10, 2010
Kiaro Holts (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central), the No. 143 prospect in the ESPNU 150, has added a scholarship offer from Auburn, bringing his total to 28.

However, Holts has narrowed his list down to 13 schools -- Auburn, Florida, North Carolina, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Purdue, Arkansas, Tennessee, Ole Miss, USC, UCLA, Oregon and Virginia Tech.

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound guard has visited most of the 13 schools left on his list. He hopes to get to the others over the summer.

"I really liked North Carolina and Cincinnati," Holts said. "I go to Florida [on Thursday]. I'll probably go to Arkansas and Tennessee too. I should get to Michigan State after Arkansas."

Holts said he is probably finished narrowing down his list and announcing his remaining schools publicly.

Sometime in August Holts will likely pick one of the 13 schools left, and then later take an official visit to that school as well as probably one other school, "just to make sure I made the right decision," he said.

Ohio sleeper has three favorites

Linebacker Ben Russell (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) is flying under the radar a little bit in a talented, deep group of prospects from the state of Ohio. But recruiters have still noticed Russell.

In the past month, the 6-2, 230-pounder has added scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Ohio University, Toledo and Air Force. Russell already had offers from Minnesota, Ball State, Akron, Buffalo and Kent State.

"I'm not looking at Air Force and Minnesota too much, those two are a little too far away," Russell said. "But I'm looking at all the others. And I'm looking at Cincinnati, Illinois, Duke and Northwestern."

Russell plans to workout at several football camps. He goes to Kentucky on Friday, Ohio State on Sunday and Cincinnati on Monday.

When asked to name his favorite schools, Russell said, "My top three I think are Ohio University, Akron and Toledo. I think I want to decide before the football season starts."



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