March 1, 2007

Recruiting on hold for Easton DB

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The Easton Red Rovers had a big year on the football field last fall and Jarred Holley is currently helping them to a big year on the basketball hardwood.

Holley has eight scholarship offers but has temporarily has put his recruiting on hold until the basketball season runs its course. Holley currently has offers from Pitt, Maryland, Virginia, Rutgers, Penn State, Northwestern, Toledo and West Virginia. This list will surely grow in the weeks ahead.

Last fall Holley helped Easton to a 12-2 record. Their only two loses were to Bethlehem Liberty which made its way to the AAAA state finals behind Northwestern commit Dan Persa.

Coach Steve Shiffert told the Pantherlair, "We played Parkland in a AAAA playoff game on Friday night and won 17-15 on a last second field goal. On Thursday we played our rival Phillipsburg in a Thanksgiving Day game and 48 hours later had to play Bethlehem Liberty. I am not saying we would have beaten them because their quarterback was very good but the quick turn around is something we have to live with."

Easton beat their rival Phillipsburg 21-7 on Thanksgiving morning. It was the 100th meeting between these long-time rivals. The Battle of the Bridge was televised on ESPN. Phillipsburg came into the game 10-0. The win has Easton in the lead in the all-series 55-40-5. This game has been a Thanksgiving tradition between these schools located on opposite side of the Delaware River since 1916.

Coach Shiffert said, "Jarred is a lockdown corner for us. He allows us to blitz and do other things because he shuts his man down. They tend to run away from him so we move him around a little. He does everything for us. We also move him around on offense. We used him at quarterback, wide receiver and running back to get him the ball. He also returns punts but most teams just kick it out of bounds."

Holley has also helped Easton into the basketball playoffs. He is not a big scorer but his team is having a big year. Last night Easton beat Pocono Mountain West to advance to the District 11 finals. The Red Rovers (27-1) will take on No. 1 Emmaus in the finals at 8:00 pm on Saturday night at Parkland High School. During the regular season Emmaus (26-2) handed Easton their only losses of the season. These two spilt during the regular season so a packed gymnasium is expected for the rubber match.

Pitt's senior center Aaron Gray attended Emmaus High School.

Last fall Holley accounted for 1,200 yards on offense and scored 20 touchdowns. He had 9 interceptions on defense. He was recognized by being named first team all-state on defense by both the Associated Press and the Pennsylvania Football News.

Holley is a good student with a 4.0 GPA so he should have his pick of schools before the recruiting season is over.

Holley attended the U.S. Army combine in January and was named first team all-combine.

Rivals.com recently put Holley on their list of 100 juniors to watch for 2008.



Jim Snyder can be contacted at jrsnyder04@comcast.net.




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