Five-Star DL Thomas Holley Switches from Penn State to Florida

January 15, 2014 at 11:57a    by DJ Byrnes    
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Thomas Holley

Thomas Holley is a five-star talent despite only playing football since his junior season of high school. He had been committed to Penn State, but since Larry Johnson Sr. has left the school, it was thought Thomas might de-commit from the Nittany Lions and re-examine his options. (Perhaps with Ohio State as a potential landing spot.)

Turns out, Holley has changed his mind, but not in the Buckeyes' favor. He will instead be playing for Will Muschamp and the Florida Gators next season.

We would have loved to have seen what Holley could have accomplished as a member of Ohio State's dynamic defensive line, but such is how the cookie crumbles in college football. Best of luck to Holley in Gainesville.


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Joe4's picture

That's interesting that this happened so quickly.

UFest57's picture

IMO we are going hard for Solomon Thomas and Urbz didn't want to add another DL in addition to. All eggs i none basket, if you will. Lets hope we get our target rather than miss out on both.   

sivaDavis's picture

Like we did with Luatua and Gesicki
 
But in all honesty, Buckeyes just didn't feel they were a match. Weird seeing he is a 5-star by most places if not all, coaches know a lot more than we do. Best of luck to Holley!

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

OSUStu's picture

I was hoping LJ's relationship would be enough for us to get another shot with the kid or at least reevaluate him.  This was quick though.  Good luck to him.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

BuckeyeSouth's picture

I would have liked to have seen him in S&G, but we'll be fine.  Good luck Mr. Holley!

Embrace it.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Interesting. Florida has been able to flip several guys recently and get some quality players to commit. But most of what I'm hearing, which are rumors at best, is that if Florida underachieves again this year, Muschamp could be on his way out of Gainesville in a similar situation to Lane Kiffin at USC this past season. 

OSUStu's picture

You mean headed to Alabama?

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

tennbuckeye19's picture

Well, Muschamp could end up at Bama if Kirby Smart leaves. He worked for Saban as hid DC at LSU & the Dolphins. But I was referring more to Kiffin being brought back as coach and then fired during the season. Most seem to be giving Muschamp a pass for this past year since injuries decimated his team, but if they're bad this year, I don't see his AD or the fans being nearly as forgiving.

OSUStu's picture

I'm with you.  That was just an feeble attempt at being clever.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

hit_the_couch's picture

Kiffin was a good OC though; Mushcamp was not a good DC. He was hyped because UT led the nation in defensive TDs and take aways. The secondary was outstanding his last year and included studs Earl Thomas and Aaron Williams. You may remember Aaron WIlliams from stripping Denard Robinson of his first NFL td.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

tennbuckeye19's picture

Well coaching is one profession where it seems you don't have to actually be good at what you do in order to get another job.

KingsRite's picture

I bet BSD is a train wreck.

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

OSUStu's picture

The two sad ghosts of football past?

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

BuckeyeSki's picture

Oh, the crisis line is ringing off the hook right now.

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JOhio1560's picture

It's always unfortunate to see a northern player leave for the south.  But good luck to him.  Hope he has fun blocking his own teammates.

"You Win With People" - Woody Hayes

740Bucks's picture

DANG - I wish I could up-vote this^^^

"My idea of a good hit is when the guy wakes up on the sidelines with train whistles blowing in his head." - Jack Tatum

TilstheHun3's picture

Soon enough friend, soon enough.

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?
 

Go1Bucks's picture

... offering a beach front condo will do that...

Go Bucks!

Hovenaut's picture

Good luck to him in the swamp, and the 2014 gets a little bit more clearer.

Hate Week runneth over

toad1204's picture

ESPiN reporting that Holley is now a 6 star recruit.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

jamesrbrown322's picture

Apparently he found out that he was an "SEC Caliber" player, and playing in the B1G would destroy his draft stock.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

d5k's picture

He also plans to play Stanford football.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

6 star recruit.

Does that mean Peppers will finally get his 7th star?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

toad1204's picture

September Heisman is more likely.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

After Jabril is done they'll rename it "The Peppers".

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Earle's picture

Not until he earns his PhD in "Undeclared".

Just say no to italics abuse.

1967Buck's picture

Oh very clever Toad,yes very clever.(+1 Bro.) Peace.

osu07asu10's picture

Well, we can close the books on that one...

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

BierStube's picture

Fire Larry Johnson Sr. ....

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

Doc's picture

Rabble, rabble, rabble...

"Say my name."

osu07asu10's picture

Awesome Doc!

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

Earle's picture

Vrabel, Vrabel, Vrabel...

Just say no to italics abuse.

osu07asu10's picture

Tou che coach!

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

fanfarris's picture

Turn the page.

you
 

Notthatguy's picture

What was the deal with him? Vrabel didn't like him?

I would've sent a check but I already sealed up the envelope...

TBDBITL0509's picture

Birm covered this in an article yesterday. No doubt about the talent, but it could be inferred that Vrabel questioned his drive and passion to play football. 

tennbuckeye19's picture

Yeah, apparently Vrabel dated a girl named Holley back in high school that broke his heart.

d5k's picture

Is it basically Solomon Thomas or roll the scholly forward in your eyes?  I guess Urban could always pull a rabbit out of his hat like last year if more shoes drop with the coaching carousel.

otrain2416's picture

He came out today and said he took us off his list a while ago, which is funny cuz everything I've read said Vrabel didn't want him, said he lacked passion, and stopped recruiting him. 

OSU2002Grad's picture

Hahahahaha. We played ourselves on this one.
 
I do like Cage down at Winton Woods though. Maybe this means we take a closer look at him. Or do we wait until we strike out on Ndadi?

OSUnathen's picture

This doesn't make a lot of sense to me? I figured he would either stay at PSU or follow his D-line coach and recruiter to OSU. 

allinosu's picture

Holley claims OSU wasn't an option and that he never felt right in columbus. Go figure.

PittBuckeye's picture

Why in the world would you want to go to UF, other than the climate, SEC playing time, and women. You still have to put up with this guy.

Hovenaut's picture

Because I got charisma.....

Hate Week runneth over

Doc's picture

You still have to put up with this guy

Only for a year.  X}
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

"Say my name."

gobucks96's picture

The way that offense is, he'll get plenty of playing time!

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

How can any 5-star recruit resist the Florida propaganda machine?

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tennbuckeye19's picture

You gotta love that a fictional character from a children's book series set the standard for Florida football. 
Steve Spurrier, Emmitt Smith, Danny Wuerffel, Tim Tebow? Nope. Harry Frickin' Potter.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Is being able to beat Georgia Southern the new standard?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

TBDBITL0509's picture

And why are you chasing the standard? From a messaging standpoint, that's saying Florida is below the standard. I mean, it's true, but that's not what you tell recruits...

Barnsey69's picture

F@#% Florida.

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes!