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Introducing the 2007 Class: Jarrell Holman
The natural earning curve caused the Phoenix College transfer to experience a slow start to his first ever spring practice. Adjusting to the speed of Division I wide receivers was another obstacle Holman needed to overcome. "I know I didn't perform well, probably because I was thinking too much about things," he admitted. "I did improve towards the end of the spring, I had a good spring game, but I didn't play at the level I know I can play at."
Holman was all set to sign with Minnesota as a mid-year transfer. Coaching staffs changed at both that school and Arizona State, but one constant in his recruitment remained and was ultimately a significant factor in having him land in Tempe. "Coach Bray was recruiting me when he was at Minnesota, and when he left for ASU to be the defensive coordinator he kept on recruiting me," Holman recalled. "When I decided to de-commit from Minnesota a lot of other schools aside from ASU started jumping on me. Arizona was recruiting me hard. West Virginia, Utah, UNLV and Nevada were some of the schools that contacted me. I heard good things about Coach Erickson and I already had the great relationship with Coach Bray. ASU was close to home, so it felt right coming to ASU." He added that playing at Phoenix College there was definitely a familiarity factor with Tempe and the entire Valley of the Sun that also contributed to his decision.
When Holman was considering pledging to the Sun Devils, fellow junior college transfers Luis Vasquez and Eric Tanner were already committed to the maroon and gold. This too added to the overall comfort level for Holman, since he played with Vasquez his freshman year at Arizona Western, and was a teammate of Tanner at Phoenix College. "I have a great relationship with both of them," he stated, "and they said that I might as well come over to ASU because they're gonna play there. They told me how great ASU was and they definitely played a role in my recruitment."
A serious knee injury and grades, forced the cornerback to seek the junior college route after graduating Cheyenne High School. Arizona Western recruited him very hard and ultimately landed him there. However after one season, Holman decided to transfer out of the Yuma school. "I just felt that the coaches weren't straight forward with me over there," he explained. "I knew that the best thing for my future was to transfer out of there…I knew some players and coaches at Phoenix College so I decided to go there for my sophomore year."
Out of all the Phoenix area junior colleges, Phoenix College has been known as a school that has found very little success. Turning around the program was a notion that attracted Holman to the school. "It was a good situation for me because the school was rebuilding and I had a lot of opportunities to play," he commented. "My cornerbacks coach was Terry Fair. He played with the Detroit Lions and he knew what he took to get to the next level. All the knowledge and advice he gave me…it has been a blessing."
Another thing Holman is thankful for is arriving in Tempe in the beginning of the spring semester, which had him acclimated to the school well before spring practice started. "When you learn a new technique like I did, you need a lot of time to get adjusted," he said. "I was using the same physical technique I learned in high school and junior college. At Arizona State I was learning a brand new technique and I did have difficulty in the beginning of spring practice getting used to it. But I had time to learn it, and now I know what I need to work on before camp starts."
There certainly won't be any rest for Holman during the off-season. "It's gonna be a busy summer with lots of competition," he claimed. "After spring practice I have a better feel to what I need to do and I'll be more competitive and more consistent than I was."
High School/Community College
Cheyenne High School (Las Vegas, Nev.)\Phoenix College
Date of Birth
"I didn't have any nicknames"
Favorite TV Show
"My mom's homemade Tacos"
Favorite Pro Team
"San Francisco 49ers"
Person you most admire
"My mom. She's very strong and never lets you see her when she's weak. She's always been strong no matter what the situation is."
First Football Memory
"When I first started playing I was playing with kids older than me. I was six years old. I had the nickname ‘Ironhead Heyward' because I was running through everything and hitting everybody." One Thing most people don't know about me
"Off the field I'm kinda quiet, but on the field I turn into a totally different person."
Why did you choose ASU?
"My relationship with Coach Bray."
Where do you want to be in ten years?
"Everybody wants to be in the NFL, but if I don't make it there I would like to own some businesses like a chain of barber shops."
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