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Rivals150 junior JuSaun Holt generates a buzz

JuSaun Holt
JuSaun Holt

JuSaun Holt started to generate some buzz in the Atlanta area last year as a sophomore at St. Francis. That buzz only grew as the Class of 2021 small forward kept improving through the travel season, but really took off during the open weekends in June where college coaches could be out evaluating at team camps.

Holt, a bouncy 6-foot-5 wing with a smooth jump shot, reeled in offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tulane, Washington and Xavier over the past six months. He visited Georgia Tech on Saturday to see the Yellow Jackets take on Syracuse and will likely be out visiting more schools soon.

2020 Rankings: Rivals150 | Team | Position

2021 Rankings: Rivals150 | Position

IN HIS OWN WORDS

Georgia: “I like Coach [Tom] Crean and I like the way they play.”

Georgia Tech: “I like the coaching staff. They just like to build a relationship and joke around a lot.”

Washington: “I was born in Washington. I had some family members talk to their coaches to start recruiting me, so they came and watched me and offered. They like to win as well. I’ve been watching them all my life, so I probably know the most about them.”

Xavier: “I think it’s a good program. They like to win and I like the coaching staff as well. Dwon Odom going there has an impact for me, but only if it’s the right place for me too.”

RIVALS' REACTION

A lot of times it’s easy to give the in-state schools the early edge in a prospect’s recruitment. While Georgia and Georgia Tech are certainly in the mix for Holt, it’s connections to other schools that could lead Holt out of state. As he mentioned, the pull to go back home to Washington to play for Mike Hopkins and the Huskies is real. You don’t see Washington leaving the west coast to recruit very often, so the fact they are putting in the time to visit Holt in Georgia shows the level of mutual interest.

Holt’s teammate at St. Francis, Dwon Odom, signed with Xavier this year. The Musketeers also signed Kaiser Gates out of St. Francis in the 2015 class. Needless to say, Xavier will be a factor here given the support they’ll have around him.

Holt maintains all the schools involved are pretty even right now and he’s open to other schools coming into the picture. He’s aiming for a decision sometime after the travel season ends in July.