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Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for 5-Star LB Jeffery Holland

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IApril 16, 2014

Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for 5-Star LB Jeffery Holland

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    Among the best defensive players in the 2015 class is 5-star linebacker Jeffery Holland. From Florida, Holland is a fantastic player who can do an array of things on the field.

    His talent and skills have attracted many of the nation's best programs, as the Sunshine State recruit is awfully impressive on tape. Holland has a ton of potential, plus he could be ready to contribute as a true freshman.

    He warrants a more in-depth look as a prospect.

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports.
    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

Who Is Jeffery Holland?

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    Holland is a talented linebacker from Florida who attends Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville. As a sophomore in 2012, he had 25 tackles, with eight being for loss. The part-time running back increased his production as a junior, totaling 45 tackles, with 17.5 coming for loss, per 247Sports.

    Holland will be able to choose which major all-star game he plays in, and he doesn't have a shortage of heavyweights after him. Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Ohio State and Auburn are just a few schools to name who are on his trail, according to 247Sports.

    Holland is No. 34 in the 247Sports composite rankings, No. 41 in the Scout 300 and No. 57 in the Rivals 250

Jeffery Holland's Scouting Report: Strengths

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    At 6'2" and 230 pounds, Holland has an impressive frame for a high school linebacker. He's thick, and his body has a lot of muscle definition.

    The 5-star 'backer is at his best on the flanks, however he has the ability to play inside/middle linebacker. Holland has above-average vision and instincts, as he doesn't waste much time attacking the line of scrimmage after locating the ball.

    He uses his strength well to strike lead blockers and offensive linemen attacking him at the point of attack. He sheds with natural power, but Holland also has the quickness and athleticism to elude blockers while pursuing the ball. 

    He plays with great confidence and aggression, often working physical and big at the point of attack. Holland possesses terrific short-area explosiveness and speed to scrape through the box when tracking running backs.

    His value on third downs comes as a pass-rusher. Holland can stand up like a 3-4 'backer and attack an offensive tackle's outside shoulder with speed and quickness. He converts speed to power well, plus he has the surging ability to finish on the quarterback.

Jeffery Holland's Scouting Report: Weaknesses

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    Holland is a good athlete, but he's raw in coverage. He needs to get better at buzzing back to get depth in his drops while staying low and keeping his head on a swivel.

    Holland also must improve his ability to locate pass-catchers and his anticipation in coverage. Versus the run, he'll have to learn how to use his hands better when shedding blockers.

    Adding more pass-rush moves, along with using his mitts as weapons better when working to pressure passers, are also things that should be on Holland's to-do list.

Highlights of Jeffery Holland

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    The above clip is a highlight reel that lasts almost six minutes. It shows Holland making plays and causing a lot of problems for offenses on the edges.

Sophomore Highlights of Jeffery Holland

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    This highlight reel is from Holland's sophomore year at Trinity Christian Academy. It shows him getting after quarterbacks with speed, while also getting a few carries as a running back.

Predictions

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    Holland's recruitment will come down to Florida versus Auburn, with the Gators winning the battle. He'll be a good fit for Florida head coach Will Muschamp's hybrid 3-4 defense, and he'll contribute as a true freshman in Gainesville.

    Blake Alderman of InsidetheGators.com (subscription required) wrote on Feb. 17:

    When on the field Holland moves from sideline to sideline and plays with the kind of attitude the UF coaches want on their squad. 

     

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.

     

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