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R100 DT Holley talks UF visit, decision

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Last weekend was a huge recruiting weekend for the Florida Gators. One of the top prospects visiting Gainesville was Rivals100 defensive tackle Thomas Holley. The Brooklyn (N.Y.) Abraham Lincoln star seemed to have enjoyed his time in the south.
"The weekend was good," said the 6-foot-4, 299-pound Holley. "It was definitely a good visit. I got to see a lot and got a lot of good information. I know my mom liked it. It was positive."
Holley took an unofficial visit to Florida in the offseason so he had some idea of what to expect.
"Nothing changed from my previous experience there during the summer," he said. "They were the same players I met on my unofficial. They were the same. Everything was pretty much the same from when I was there over the summer."
Even though two coaches were fired after Saturday's loss to Florida State, Holley still has faith in Coach Muschamp.
"I felt like Coach Muschamp did what he felt was best for the program," Holley said. "He has done a good job but they had a tough year with all the injuries that happened. Before that the team was on the rise. If he felt like that's what was best for the team then some times you have to make those tough decisions."
Holley pointed out a few things he really liked about Florida.
"Florida is definitely a place where I have an opportunity to come in and play as a freshman," he said. "There is a great deal of opportunity there for me. With their national degree there will always be a life after football. It's another team that's trying to get back on track."
With three official visits under his belt, Holley is looking to make a decision this month.
"Hopefully I'm going to make a decision some time in December but I think I'm coming down to a decision soon," said Holley. "I just want to sit down with my family and really look at everything.
"When I have my decision I'm just going to come out with it," he said. "I'll call the other coaches that I had a close relationship with and thank them and let them know I won't be coming to their school. I don't think I'll come out with a top five or top four. I'm just going to make my decision when I know it."
Penn State, Notre Dame and Ohio State are some of the teams vying for Holley's commitment.
"There is a great deal of opportunities at Penn State," Holley said. "Coach Johnson has been there forever and has put numerous guys into the NFL. They're another school with a national degree.
"Notre Dame is another opportunity for me," he said. "It's a great place with a ton of tradition. It's a place where you can't go wrong. It's possible they could get a visit. I'm going to sit down with my uncle and see how things are going but anything is possible.
"I had a good visit to Ohio State," said Holley. "I'm going to sit down with my family at look at the pros and cons there and compare it to other schools."
Penn State will be having an in-home visit with Holley on Tuesday and Florida will visit Holley on Saturday.
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