The CU Buffs are celebrating an unexpected recruit: a highly touted, 6'5", 320 pound in-state offensive lineman.
KUSA - The Colorado Buffaloes have a history of keeping it all in the family. That tradition continues this fall when the son of former Buff Darius Holland heads to Boulder.
Isaiah Holland, who anchored Valor Christian's offensive line for two 5A state championships, signed a financial aid agreement to attend the University of Colorado this fall.
According to a press release from the CU Athletic Department, Holland originally had planned on attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, but said that "due to unforeseen circumstances in the admissions process, I was recently denied admission. While this was disappointing, God gave me another exciting opportunity for my future."
"This is like Christmas is May," Head Coach Mike MacIntyre said after Holland signed the agreement over the weekend. "It's a great for us to sign another player from Colorado, we want them here and are glad that Isaiah turned to us when West Point was no longer an option for him. He's also a legacy recruit, you mention his father's name and everybody recalls what kind of player he was for the Buffaloes."
Isaiah's father Darius lettered four years as a defensive tackle under Bill McCartney from 1991-94. After his time at Colorado, Darius played with five NFL teams over 10 seasons, including when he closed out his career with the Denver Broncos in 2003-04.
Adding Holland to the 2014 recruiting class give MacIntyre a total of 20 high school players with five coming from in-state. Holland joins Terran Hasselbach (DE, Regis), Jay MacIntyre (WR, Monarch), Isaac Miller (OL, Silver Creek) and Evan White(DB, Cherokee Trail) as Colorado student athletes in this year's recruiting class.
As a senior, Holland earned All-Colorado honors from both the Denver Post and Mile High Sports Magazine. He started all 28 games over the course of his junior and senior seasons, did not allow a quarterback sack and had several touchdown and downfield blocks to go along with numerous pancakes. He was one of Colorado's 11 Scholar-Athletes as selected by the state's chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame and intends to major in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado.
He was also very active in the community, volunteering in the nursery at the "True Life Church," serving as a mentor at the "Dare to Play" football camp for athletes challenged with Down's Syndrome, and helping to gather Christmas trees for children of underprivileged families.
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