In recent years, New York City has produced several major BCS-level recruits. Next in line may very well be defensive tackle Thomas Holley of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Abraham Lincoln, who now has five offers, including two new ones from ACC schools today.
"I have offers from Florida State, Miami, UMass, Syracuse and Penn State," said Holley, who is 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds. "A few others have shown a lot of interest too."
These other schools include Notre Dame, Rutgers, Connecticut, Boston College and Buffalo.
Holley's recruiting process reached a new level today when two new offers came in.
"Florida State and Miami were both today," he said. "It felt really good, especially the fact that I am new to the game. It just shows the potential I have to grow in this sport."
Amazingly, Holley's junior season was actually his first on the football field.
"It's all new to me, but I have learned fast and developed a lot," said Holley, who transferred to Lincoln from Christ the King prior to his junior season. "When coaches started to come and see me play, I knew this is something I wanted to do and be good at. So here I am now."
Holley obviously realizes that he still has a great deal to learn, so he is working on a few aspects of his game this off-season.
"I want to improve on my speed, cut some body fat and work on my technique and football terms," he said.
Holley did not attend any college games during the fall, but he did camp at UConn last summer. He also plans to visit Florida State, Miami and Syracuse this winter or spring.
"I want to get a feel for the school and the coaches, see how the academics are, and just the environment the schools have," said Holley, who has also been invited to the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour.