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Hollands checklist is unique

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Isaiah Holland isn't going to be pressure into anything. He has a very specific, very mature-sounding checklist of things he's looking for in a school. He holds seven offers as things stand now, and he's methodically analyzing them one by one.
When the Highlands Ranch (Colo.) tackle talks about his process for evaluating schools, it's easy to forget the guy doing the talking is a high school student. Maturity? Holland seems to have that in spades.
"I have priority list," Holland said. "It goes God, family, school then football. I want an environment where I can improve in my worship of God and improve in my relationship with my family. I want a place that I know will help build me into a better man of character. I also want to be at a school with an environment around me that is conducive to winning and also having fun. I want to be able to escape the city. I want to be able to, within a three-hour drive, see a mountain or see the plains. I want to be able to see nature."
Don't expect much more than that from Holland, though. He's not into discussing specific schools. In fact, he has no problem declining comment on seemingly simple questions. Holland heard from both Colorado and Arizona State during on the first day of the contact period.
And, for one reason or another, he refuses to talk about what he likes about each. Hey, it's his prerogative.
"I don't feel comfortable answering that," Holland said when asked what he likes about the program at Colorado. He repeats himself word for word when asked the same question about Arizona State.
And so everyone, like Holland himself, will need to wait. The tackle doesn't plan to name a top five until late October and won't start taking official visits until November. It's all in keeping with the theme of his larger recruitment.
"I'm going to wait to see if I get any more offers," he said. "Then, I'm going to take all five of my visits and make a decision based on that.."
In addition to offers from the Buffaloes and Sun Devils, Holland also holds invites from Wyoming, Oregon State, San Diego State and Washington State.
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