2014 WR loves Clemson visit, almost commits
However, knowing that he still had yet to even play his junior season in high school, Kendrick Holland decided the prudent course of action would be to wait just a little longer.
Holland, out of Winter Haven, Fla., is a 6-4, 175-pounder who says he fell in love with the Tigers while watching Sammy Watkins’ highlights a year ago.
“I really didn’t know a lot about them until last year,” Holland told TigerNet this week. “But then I started seeing Sammy Watkins, and that got me looking at them. I didn’t have any clue that they would offer me until Coach [Tony] Elliott showed up at my school and told my coaches I had an offer. That was like a dream come true. I see Sammy Watkins in that offense, and I want to be something special like he is.”
Holland said that he had a great time on the campus and during the camp.
“The camp was very good,” he said. “It’s actually one of the best camps I have ever been to. I liked it a lot. I knew the coaching I was getting was going to make me a better player.”
He also enjoyed working with wide receivers coach Jeff Scott.
“He was a really good guy. He told me what I was doing wrong,” he said. “If I was to choose Clemson, then I would look forward to working with him.”
It was that relationship and his time on campus that led him to think he was ready to make a decision.
“I really like the atmosphere there. I feel like it would be a great place to live,” he said. “I enjoyed everything so much I was ready to commit. But I got to thinking about it, and I realized that right now is just too early. Now I will probably wait until my senior year, or maybe even as early as my junior year. Clemson is a beautiful place – one of the best campuses I have ever seen. Coach Elliott took me on a tour all around.”
Holland said another highlight was getting to spend time with both Swinney and offensive coordinator Chad Morris.
“Coach Swinney seemed really cool, and a good person to get to know,” he said. “I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with him, but he seemed like a good person. And Coach Morris is a good person – one of the best people I have ever met. He told me he would help me with anything.”