The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

February 13, 2013

H.S. Football: Cayuga's Holly picks up offer from Southeastern Okla. St.

By JUSTIN RAINS
Palestine Herald-Press

— Cayuga star linebacker Don Holly picked up his first official offer to continue his playing career at the collegiate level Wednesday.

Holly, who led Cayuga in tackles in 2012, was offered a scholarship by Southeastern Oklahoma State University on an official visit to the campus.

It wraps up a whirl-wind week for the Wildcat senior, who also visit Northwestern Oklahoma State Monday and received interest from the Army as well.

“I think it’s something I can really get behind,” Holly said of the Southeastern offer. “Its a good school, its a beautiful campus. They’re a better defensive team than they get credit for...I’m just glad they’re considering me.”

Because of the offer, Holly said he’d have to move SOSU to the top of his list of suitors, which also includes Columbia of the Ivy League.

But, he thinks all four schools would be great fits, he said.

“They’re all right up really close to each other,” he said. “Southeastern has to be No. 1 because they want me to be there...but Columbia and West Point are both up there as well,” he said. “It’s one of those musical chair things. At any moment, things can change.”

Playing at Army comes with some caveats, including military service upon graduation. But, he said that that’s not a deterrent at all.

“I wouldn’t have a problem with signing with Army,” he said. “They’re a Division I school, they’re on TV all the time and they get great exposure. It’s a place where you can get a good job, comes with a lot of tradition...it’s just a great place from what I know.”

Holly finished 2012 with more than 100 tackles, earning Defensive Most Valuable Player honors for the district, as well as the Defensive Player of the Year award on the Dogwood Circle football team.

His Cayuga team advanced to the second round of the playoffs, a year after missing the postseason completely.

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Sports editor Justin Rains can be reached via email at jrains@palestineherald.com