It might seem like the reasons would be obvious why Seattle Prep’s Nick Holt, the son of the UW defensive coordinator with the same name, would have wanted to become a Husky.
But Holt said this afternoon, after making it official that he will walk-on to UW for the 2011 season, that playing for his dad wasn’t necessarily the clincher.
“Really, the chance to play in the Pac-10 was a big key,” he said. “And I just love the University and the city of Seattle. I don’t really want to leave.”
So Holt decided to turn down scholarship offers from Montana, Portland State, Eastern Washington and Army — he took official visits to Montana and Portland State — to walk on at UW.
Holt was named to the Seattle Times All-Area team as a linebacker, making 82.5 tackles along with four sacks and scoring two defensive touchdowns.
The 6-2, 210-pounder said he will try both linebacker and fullback at UW and see where he fits best.
Holt said his dad did not have much to do with the recruiting process, saying that was left to safeties coach Jeff Mills, who handles that area.
“My dad and I never really talked about it very much until recently,” he said. “He kind of let me decide on my own, which I really liked, so it was good. I wasn’t pressured into it at all. … I know all the coaching staff really well and I’m excited to be coached by them. But my dad, in particular, wasn’t a big role in my decision.”
Holt said he will enroll for summer school and join the team as an invited walk-on in time for fall camp (which means he will be on the initial 105-man roster). He’s the second local player in the last few days to announce he will walk-on at UW joining QB Thomas Vincent of King’s, who also visited this weekend (as walk-ons, they do not sign letters-of-intent, so they won’t be the players announced as joining the team on Wednesday. UW cannot acknowledge them until they enroll).
And by the way, he’s not Nick Holt Jr., saying today he is actually Nick Holt the sixth, his father being the fifth.
BRISSETT UPDATE — UPDATED — Since I first posted this, the Miami Herald published this item updating the status of Jacoby Brissett.
As you can read, he will narrow his list on Monday. For now, UW is still in it.