One week after coach Will “Flipper” Muschamp and his staff flipped five star corner Jalen Tabor from Arizona to Florida as well as four star players Brandon Powell (RB) and Kavaris Harkless (OT), they have done it again. This time it is five star defensive tackle Thomas Holley a former Penn State commitment, according to reports by Mike Farrell of Rivals.com. Holley is considered the nations #2 rated defensive tackle according to 247sports.com.
Holley, from Abraham Lincoln high school in Brooklyn, New York, committed to Penn State a month ago ending a close battle for his services between PSU and Florida. After head coach Bill O’Brien left, however, Holley had taken a wait and see approach hoping that defensive line coach Larry Johnson would be retained by the new staff. Holley reportedly had a very close relationship with Johnson. After it became clear that Johnson wouldn’t be retained, Holley’s commitment appeared to be up in the air once again. Johnson quickly was hired to be the defensive line coach on Urban Meyer’s staff at Ohio State and many felt that Holley might end up there. However, defensive line coach Brad Lawing, who had himself built a good relationship with Holley, was able to convince Holley to flip his commitment to Florida.
With defensive tackle Khairi Clark, defensive end Gerald Willis, and defensive end Justus Reed already committed, the Gators are have built one of the nation’s strongest defensive line classes in the nation. They are also still a strong player for defensive end Lorenzo Carter as well, though many feel he’s leaning to Georgia at this point.
Holley becomes the 21st commitment for the Gators in the 2014 recruiting class and his pledge moves the Gators class up to #7 nationally according to Rivals.com.
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