Holden Headed To NC State

Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha defensive end Deonte Holden Jr. gave his commitment to N.C. State on Monday.

Holden is commit No. 19 for N.C. State in 2014.

The 19th pledge for the Wolfpack in the class-of-2014, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Holden also held scholarships from the likes of Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, East Carolina, Iowa, Virginia and Wake Forest.

“It’s a great school for me education wise, football wise and socially,” Holden said. “I was going to wait but I had that gut feeling that I had to choose now.”

N.C. State also picked up a commitment from Georgia defensive end Justin Jones on Monday. Holden was offered by the Wolfpack back in April. He was recruited by assistant coach Richard McNutt.

“They have a family aspect,” he said. “I’ve been to one of their practices before and when they were coaching players up, I saw the players go at it and they had the family aspect. I’m ready.

“They’re one of the top schools for my major. I want to do design engineering or architecture so they’re a good fit for that. Football wise I have a chance to play my freshman year so that was another key point that got me to choose that school.”

DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks is expecting big things out of Holden this fall and then on the next level.

“They’re getting a kid who has tremendous upside,” Brooks said. “A guy that can play both defensive and outside linebacker for them. A perfect 3-4 guy and a hard worker and kid who’s motor never stops.”

For more on the NC State recruiting class, click here.

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