Varsity Preps

2014 Briar Woods WR Melvin Holland Awaiting First Offer

2014 WR Melvin Holland (6’2, 187, 4.47) of Briar Woods High in Virginia is a versatile, physical player still searching for his first offer. He reports to Varsity Preps that “Boston CollegeDukeUNC CharlotteNC StateVirginia TechTowson, and Georgetown have expressed interest.”

He says a pair of programs are showing him plenty of attention. “Boston College and ODU are recruiting me the hardest currently.”

Holland recently visited both schools. “I visited BC a couple of months ago, it’s a great school. I really like the Eagles,” he said. “I attended the spring game at ODU and I really enjoyed my time there.”

Briar Woods’ talented athlete is planning to be busy in June. “I’m attending camps at Duke and Wake Forest in first of week of June, then I’ll attend FloridaTennessee, and Boston College later in the month.”

He doesn’t list any frontrunners. “I don’t have a favorite program. Honestly, it’s about playing on the next level for me and I just want to play football. I’m interested in the programs that are interested in me.”

The rising senior spoke about a few factors that will enter into his decision making process when selecting a program. “I want to be in position to compete for a starting job. School location may play a small role, my parents don’t want me to be too far away so I can visit home, but I’m open to all possibilities. I’m also looking for a quality education that will set me up for life.”

Over the offseason, Holland has lowered his forty-yard dash time, and combined with good size, he’s transformed himself into an intriguing prospect. He talked about how he was able to increase his overall speed. “Last season, I was running a consistent 4.57/40, but after working with ex-Redskins receiver Darnerien McCants (Delaware St., fifth round, 2001) and sprinter Adam Wooten, we’ve been successful in shaving my time down to 4.47.”

Holland will start both ways this fall for Briar Woods, starring at wideout and outside linebacker. He has lofty goals for his team in 2013. “My main goal is help my team get back to the state championship. I don’t expect anything less and we can do it again. We play in a tough division but we have the team to accomplish our ultimate goal.”

Photo courtesy of 247Sports

— Michael Bradley

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