Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft has had a lot of great athletes over the years. From the NFL's Taco Wallace to USC wide receiver Steve Smith and to Florida Gator quarterback Josh Portis Taft has had some awesome talent. There is another There is another Taft star ready to join that inner-circle of Toreador greats.
The player in question is four-star wide receiver Jamere Holland (6-1, 175, 4.35). His overall talent is off the charts.
"Jamere is getting the same type attention that Steve Smith did," Taft coach Troy Starr said. "He may have has much talent and potential as anyone I have had at Taft."
Taft's offensive coordinator is also very impressed by Holland's all-around athleticism and what he brings to the table.
"Believe it or not, Jamere may be a better cornerback than a receiver," Henderson said. "He may not get the stats that are eye openers but that's because no one throws his way."
"Jamere also has the work ethic that makes a good player a great one," Henderson said. "For someone where athletics come easy for him, Jamere is a very hard worker who is always trying to improve his game."
"I'm really proud with the work he has done in the classroom," Henderson said. "He has made tremendous strides."
"Jamere knew what was at stake and he's getting the job done in the classroom," Henderson said. "He has made tremendous strides."
That is good news for the at least 28 schools that have thrown their hat in the ring with offers.
Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Florida, LSU, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Oklahoma are just a sampling of the schools that are recruiting Holland coast-to-coast.
Something to keep in mind is his quarterback from a year ago Josh Portis is making a name for himself as the Florida Gator quarterback of the future.
The Gators are a definite player for Holland's signature at this time. Of course it is still early and an athlete with the opportunities that Holland will have his list is subject to change.
As a junior, Holland caught 34 passes for 911 yards and scored 15 touchdowns while averaging an astronomical 26.7 yards per catch with a long of 79 yards.
Holland's performance earned him all-city and all-league honors as a junior.
One opposing coach who coached against former Washington Husky and Oakland Raider Napoleon Kauffman and as coached against Holland told Rivals.com that Holland has the same type of explosive speed that Kaufman had.
Holland has the type of speed and explosiveness that makes you hold your breath when he has the football in his hands. Holland can score anytime he touches the ball.
Holland is was selected to the Rivals.com Rivals100 team for the class of 2006 landing as the nation's No. 39 prospect at any position. Rivals.com currently ranks Holland as the nation's No. 4 wide receiver prospect. He is also a member of the Rivals.com preseason California Top 100 team landing as the Golden State's No. 6 rated prospect at any position.