Buford (GA) DT Jalar Holley has ended his recruitment by signing with the Miami Hurricanes. He is the 7th signee of the day.
The 6-2, 280-pounder is currently a 3-star in the national rankings. According to the 247Sports Composite, Holley is the #749 player nationally, #50 DT in the country, and the #78 player in the Peach State.
Holley was a prospect just north of Florida residing in Georgia that had a few big Power 5 offers (Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Michigan State) but was not really on Miami’s radar early on in the cycle. Not until UM hired his former high school head coach at Buford, Jess Simpson, to be the D-Line coach at Miami in March anyway. By May, Holley had a Hurricanes offer in hand, but it wasn’t clear if he would be a take or not. However, after finding his way down to Miami for Paradise Camp in July and impressing the staff in person, Holley got the go ahead and pulled the trigger for Miami the very next day. Holley never took another visit to any other program after that.
I got to watch Holley at Paradise Camp in-person for the first time and he stood out as a prospect; I liked him more in-person than I did on tape. He has an incredible motor and his non-stop attitude was firing up Simpson. There were multiple times where Holley ran through the blocking dummies and just kept sprinting downfield. He straight up bullied O-Linemen on a few reps and also showed surprising quickness beating his man to the outside.
Holley possesses a low center of gravity and plays with natural leverage. With the ability to control point of attack, his strength seems to be playing the run game and shooting gaps to make a play in the backfield. He has the feet to overcome early reach blocks and direct himself back into pursuit. As he continues to put on more weight, he has the ability to eat space at the next level and handle double teams.
Miami should really be redshirting incoming players like this, but the lack of numbers or established depth at the position means at least one of Holley, Blissett, and Munoz will have to play next season to fill out the rotation. While Blissett has the most upside of the trio, I see Holley as the most college-ready of the three. Based on that, you could see Holley get just enough reps to burn his shirt, but I don’t expect him to be playing significant minutes regardless.