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December 31, 2003

Premier Fullback Has UF In Top Five

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For David Holbert of Nashville (Tenn.) Brentwood Academy recruiting has its ups and downs, but Holbert knows it is part of the process of getting into the college of his choice.

"It gets tired at times but it's alright," Holbert said. "It gets tiring for me sometimes."

Holbert is a 6-1, 225-pound athlete. He plays fullback, linebacker and defensive end but doesn't care what position he plays in college.

"Wherever they put me at. Whatever gets me on the field," Holbert said. "It is wherever they choose to put me."

Holbert has two official visits out of the way and three more on deck.

"I have already been to Auburn and Tennessee," Holbert said. "January 9th, I have either Louisville or Oklahoma State. I haven't decided yet. I just have to figure out which one to officially visit. The 16th, I have Florida and the 23rd, I have LSU."

Every school is recruiting him to play on the offensive side of the ball except LSU who would rather utilize his defensive skills.

Florida is specifically recruiting Holbert to come in and play fullback. Florida assistant coach Larry Fedora is the coach responsible for recruiting Holbert.

"He is pretty cool," Holbert said. "I talk to him pretty often and I talk to coach Zook sometimes. He (Zook) is just telling me how I would fit in at Florida and what to expect when I come on my visit."

Zook isn't the only head coach that is calling Holbert from time to time.

"I talk to coach Fulmer pretty often," Holbert said. "I talk to coach Tuberville and I talk to coach Petrino at Louisville."

Holbert is down to six teams and will be down to five soon when he chooses either Louisville or Oklahoma State to visit. He narrowed down his list of prospective schools form a long list of offers that included Wisconsin, Colorado, South Carolina and Texas to name a few others.

"It is a sufficient amount," Holbert commented on the amount of offers he holds.

But out of his top six teams, Holbert does not have a favorite.

"They are all about the same," Holbert said.

Florida, LSU, Auburn, Tennessee and Oklahoma State have all been to the Holbert household for an in-home visit. Louisville tried to make it for an in home visit but came on the wrong day.

"They (Louisville) came down and they tried to come to my house but I had two other coaches coming in the same day so they couldn't come," Holbert said.

Holbert read off his reasons for choosing these six teams as finalists for his services:

"Auburn because they have a lot of players that I have played with in high school that went there."

"UT is close to home and I like the coaches and players up there."

"LSU I like their defense. They play an aggressive defense style that I play."

"Florida is like a childhood dream."

"Louisville has a good chance I can play early and at Oklahoma State as well."

Holbert mentioned that Florida is like a childhood dream of his. so does that mean he grew up a die-hard Gator fan?

"Somewhat," Holbert said. "I grew up a fan but I was mostly a Seminole fan. But I like the Gators too."

The offer from UF came during Holbert's senior season and for the Gators it was better late than never.

Holbert is a full academic qualifier with a 2.8 GPA and 21 on the ACT.

Holbert reflected on his first two official visits.

"They were about the same," Holbert said. "They were both pretty good. I got to meet with Cadillac (Williams) and Ronnie Brown at Auburn. I talked with them a lot. At UT I was with Troy Fleming most of the time and I got to talk with a lot of their players."

With three more official visits on the horizon, Holbert is starting to select some of the clinching factors in choosing a school.

"How I feel and how I fit in with the school, the players and coaches," Holbert said.


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