Holland attends O&B Debut

Florida is battling Auburn for linebacker Jeff Holland. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

Jacksonville Trinity Christian linebacker Jeff Holland was back at UF on Saturday to attend the Orange & Blue Debut.

With his father, brother and cousins in tow, the Under Armour All-American and consensus top-100 prospect paid close attention to Antonio Morrison and Florida’s defense.

“It looked very good,” he said of the unit. “I was looking at Morrison. Me and him play the same (position). He walks down to rush the pusher.”

The majority of people in attendance had their eyes on the Gators’ new-look offense, but Holland isn’t worried about that side of the ball.

“Defense wins championships,” he said. “If you’ve got a defense and you don’t let nobody score on you, all your offense has to do is get a field goal to win the game.”

Another top-flight linebacker on campus Saturday was Adonis Thomas (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett), whom Holland met at Florida’s Junior Day on Feb. 1.

“I got to talk with him again,” Holland said. “We talked about the future. He said if I come here, he’ll come here. We can turn everything around and be a real good team. I got his number today, so we’re going to be in contact more.”

Holland, who is ranked the No. 1 outside linebacker and 8th overall prospect by ESPN, said his recruitment is still between Florida and Auburn, where he plans to visit next weekend. The 6-foot-2, 226-pounder has no timetable on a decision.

UF’s low numbers at his position appeals to him.

“It’s a plus,” he said. “Most of their linebackers are seniors, so I could probably come in and play early.”

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  1. Ironic that he knows it’s coming down to 2, but still no timetable. Love the quote, minus the bad grammar, that he wants to win games 3-0. My gut says that translates to playing for a defensive minded hc wins out over a 60 to 50 hc.