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High school football: Carl Albert's Caleb Holland draws attention after turning focus to football

SUPER 30 — Caleb Holland had been playing basketball, baseball and football before coach Gary Rose told him he thought he had a chance to play football in college.
by Ryan Aber Published: June 24, 2012

At each level, Holland has become more and more confident in his abilities.

“If you would've told me that I would've had attention from all these schools at the beginning of the winter, I would've told you you were crazy,” Holland said. “I knew it would probably be a busy few months, but I didn't expect this.”

While center is Holland's likely landing spot in college, he is likely to play primarily offensive tackle for Carl Albert.

He started off at center last year but moved to guard after injuries necessitated the change.

Holland has been helped by the shift, he said.

“I love it,” Holland said. “I love playing offensive line. I love blocking. I know I can be an interior guy at guard but block the quick defensive ends at tackle. I'm comfortable wherever I'm at.”

He's also comfortable in his new role as a leader.

“I learned a lot from the guys who have been here the past few years — guys like J.T. Realmuto and Tre Porter, Kyle Croak, Grant Oliver and RayShawn Cato,” Holland said. “Those guys instilled in me ... nothing less than working as hard as we possibly can all the time is acceptable and to expect nothing less than a state championship.

“Now, it's my place to be in that role.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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The Oklahoman's Super 30

The Oklahoman's Super 30 feature series on the state's top football recruits continues with No. 28, Carl Albert lineman Caleb Holland. Here are the players we've written about so far:

No. 30: Trevan Smith, Edmond Santa Fe

No. 29: Chris Hall, Tulsa Union

No. 28: Caleb Holland

School: Carl Albert

Height: 6-2

Weight: 260

Position: Center


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