The lack of production and size along the defensive line this past year was jaw-dropping bad. RichRod took notice, putting an emphasis on beefing up the defensive line this past recruiting class, as well as future classes. This new importance on larger, more physical players proved effective with the commitment of Tucson's own DT Justin Holt to the Class of 2016. Holt currently attends Salpointe Catholic.
With his size, Justin Holt can impose his will and anchor any defensive line. At 6-1, 300 lbs.,Holt has room to add much needed mass as he is surprisingly slim to play at the next level.
Instantly after watching film, you will notice why RichRod loves what Holt brings to Arizona. He is a hardworking, coachable player, which is a staple to the Coach Rodriguez recruiting logic. RichRod's stress on having space-eaters is evident with this commit as Holt demands a double team with his presence on the field. Even with Holt's mammoth size, he displays good lateral quickness and effort pursuing to the ball carrier. Also, with his impressive use of hand fighting, Holt is able to disengage opposing linemen with ease as he disrupts the backfield.
However, Holt's raw technique and dependency on his size causes blemishes in his game. Holt's most obvious fault is his tendency to shoot up from his stance; this negates any advantage his size will bring. His tendency of taking a false step is another glaring issue. With his speed, Holt cannot have any wasted movement. Fortunately, with another year to polish his game, while increasing muscle mass, Holt will step onto campus as an improved, intimidating player.
Justin Holt is a 3-star prospect according to numerous recruiting sites, including ESPN. Before his commitment to U of A, Holt was receiving major interests from top tier programs like Nebraska, Colorado, and California.