Rivals100 DT Holley focusing on five

QB commits to LSU

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In the beginning of Thomas Holley's recruitment everything was happening so fast. Now the defensive tackle from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Abraham Lincoln is taking everything very slowly.
"Everything is good," said the 6-foot-4, 299-pound Holley. "I think I'm going to take maybe one or two more visits then do my official visits. Hopefully I know where I where I want to be. Everything is going well with every school."
Despite maintaining strong relationships with various schools, there are a few that have grabbed Holley's attention.
"Right now, I'm focusing on Florida, Penn State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Rutgers," he said. "It's not my official top five because there are some other schools that I do like. I still want to take a few more visits so things can change then."
There are few reasons why each school has caught Holley's eye.
"Florida is a great place and has a great atmosphere," he said. "The facilities are outstanding and they have a winning program. Their program is back on the rise and almost back to getting championships. There's a lot of stuff they have that I could see myself fitting into.
"I've been to Penn State twice or three times," Holley said. "The coaches are continuing to tell me how important I am to their program because I know they recently took another defensive tackle. The coaches have said they only want me. It just shows me how important I am to their program. I like that and I have a great relationship with Coach Johnson. They have the sanctions that will finish up and they will move on to big things.
"The Rutgers coaching staff is made up of really cool people," he said. "With them being close to home, I could go back to see my family whenever I want. I wouldn't really have to take vacations. It's definitely is a good thing for them.
"At Ohio State, I have a good relationship with Coach Vrabel, Coach Meyer and Coach Warinner," said Holley. "It's just a great place. When I went for my visit I enjoyed everything I saw. The facilities are amazing. Some schools have some tradition and other have a lot of tradition. Ohio State has a lot of tradition. The academics there are also very good.
"Notre Dame is very similar to Ohio State," he said. "They have a lot of tradition and I have a good relationship with Coach Alston and Coach Diaco. Ohio State is in a college town and there is a lot to do. Notre Dame is more quiet. They are very similar schools and it's going to be hard to differentiate them until I take my officials and figure out which one is more comfortable."
Before Holley announces an official top five, he wants to check out a few more schools.
"My visit to Alabama might happen but it's kind of difficult with their scheduling and because it is so expensive to get down there," Holley said. "It also needs to fit into my uncle's schedule. I'm probably going to go to Syracuse, Tennessee and maybe a few other schools."
Holley wants to make his decision after his official visits.
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