CARROLLTON, Texas –Eastern Michigan defensive coordinator Brad McCaslin watched Hebron linebacker Clay Holford in spring practices last week.
After McCaslin confirmed what he saw on tape of Holford was legitimate, the Eagles offered the 2015 Texas native a scholarship.
“We talked some after practice,” said Holford of McCaslin. “They really like my drive to play the game as well as my size and speed.
“He gave me Coach (Chris) Creighton’s phone number, and I called him and was offered after we had a really good talk.”
EMU offered Holford for his acumen as a player but also feel he will connect with its other recruits.
“They told me that the program was special unlike other college football programs,” Holford said. “They like to take their time and get to know the boys they offer. They believe strongly that the ultimate key to success is having a team that is a tight group and a family.”
Holford visited EMU in March for the program’s Junior Day, an event for recruits to meet coaches, tour the campus and interact with academic advisors. He walked away impressed with the team and the school’s academics.
“I definitely felt the program was special and enjoyed the emphasis on family,” he said. “I visited on Junior Day and loved the campus and its environment as well as the business school which is considered one of the best in the nation.”
A successful visit and an offer aside, Holford is unsure when he’ll commit to a team but hopes more schools will show interest in him this fall. If those offers don’t blossom, he’ll be happy choosing between EMU and North Texas, the only other school to offer him this offseason.
“I would like to have more options, but I’ve also been blessed with the offers I have so far,” Holford said. “My ultimate goal this season, though, is to win a state championship and grow to be a better player and student.”
Holford’s 6-foot-2, 230-pound frame is exactly what a Mid-American Conference team wants in a linebacker. He plays aggressive, tackles well and hits hard but must improve how he gets to running backs. If he uses his speed to find an efficient path to ball carriers, he will be dangerous.
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