The phone got a steady workout at the home of one of Tennessee’s top prospects today.
On the first day that coaches could call recruits again, four-star Brentwood Academy fullback/linebacker David Holbert was a frequent target.
“I heard from two coaches today – Auburn and Oklahoma State – but there were several others who called and talked to my mom when I wasn’t here,” he said. “(Tennessee), Colorado, Wisconsin and MTSU also called.”
Holbert (6-1, 225, 4.6), a member of the Southeast Elite 88 Team and the No. 3 rated fullback in this class, said Auburn is one of the main schools he’s looking at right now.
“Coach Lolley was the one who called. I think he’s a pretty cool dude,” Holbert said. “He’s recruited a few players from our school, so I’ve known him for a while. He just asked me how school was going, how our season has been so far, and told me to remember how much they wanted me down there.”
Holbert said he’s not quite ready to name a leader, but listed six schools that have a good chance to earn that spot.
“My favorites are LSU, UT, Auburn, Wisconsin, Texas and Oklahoma State,” he said. “The first four have offered. I just started talking to Oklahoma State. They haven’t offered yet. Texas hasn’t, either, but I think they will.”
The SEC schools are thought to have the upper hand at this point, but Holbert also has ties to Wisconsin. He camped with the Badgers this summer.
He’s being recruited both as a fullback and linebacker, depending on the school. Tennessee likes him as a fullback. Auburn has mentioned the possibility of both fullback and linebacker. LSU and Wisconsin are projecting him at linebacker.
“It really doesn’t matter to me. Wherever gets me on the field the fastest,” said Holbert, who rushed for 900 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior while recording 80 tackles on the defensive side of the ball. "Playing time is going to be a big part of my decision. I'm really looking hard at the depth charts right now."
He’s mainly served as a blocking back for Brentwood Academy (2-0) early in the season. Tailback Theo Townsend has been a big beneficiary of those blocks, averaging more than 200 yards and 14 yards per carry.
On defense, Holbert has recorded 12 tackles, four sacks and one forced fumble.
Brentwood Academy squares off with Memphis Christian Brothers on Friday.