The Virginia Tech coaches seem to like what they see out of Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, FL. Then again, so does every other major program.
The Hokies scored a big time WR prospect out of Trinity Christian Academy early last month in four-star Isaiah Ford. Tech coaches used that relationship to make an offer to blue chip prospect and consensus #1 CB in the nation in Kevin Toliver II. Coach Frank Beamer and staff have continued their work at the school and offered stud LB Jeffery Holland.
Holland, a composite five-star recruit according to 247sports boasts over 50 scholarship offers from every major program in the nation. Currently, it appears the in-state Florida Gators hold the early lead over SEC foe Auburn TIgers. Rounding out his top six are Alabama, Florida State, UCLA and Ohio State (who gained a commitment from his current TCA teammate Ben Edwards).
Check out Holland's highlight reel:
Holland is listed at 6'1", 220lbs and primarily plays on the edge at OLB. He also totes the ball at RB on the offensive side of the ball, displaying his excellent athletic ability. Holland is quick and possesses great agility, would fit at OLB in either 4-3 or 3-4 defensive schemes.
WOULD HOLLAND BE A GOOD FIT IN COACH BUD FOSTER'S LPD?
Of course he would. Holland could easily play any of the LB slots on Coach Foster's defense, that's how physically gifted and talented he is. He could play in the middle at "Mike" as Holland already has great size being 220lbs entering his senior year of high school, but would most likely take advantage of his great speed at the "Backer" spot a la Xavier Adibi. He could even play WHIP and make plays all over the field in the mold of former Hokie and current NFL LB James Anderson.
CAN THE COACHES ESTABLISH A CONCRETE RELATIONSHIP AT TRINITY CHRISTIAN?
As I said in the opening paragraph, join the club. Trinity Christian Academy has a great football program and they're coming off of a 3A Florida State Championship. Every major recruiting guru and head coach has been through those halls establishing solid relationships. The fact that the Hokies were able to nab a big time player in Isaiah Ford just two months ago is very positive for Tech. His teammates were at his press conference when he announced that he will be bringing his talents to Blacksburg, so it's still very fresh in their minds.
Hokie fans should be excited that we are going head to head with the elite of college football and are competing like crazy to get over that proverbial "good, but not great" program hump. It's going to take persistence and consistency, but I think Coach Beamer and staff are on track to make a decent run at some of the best players in the nation.