In just two years, Abraham Lincoln star lineman Thomas Holley has gone from football newbie to All-American.
The undecided senior, who only started playing football two years ago, accepted his jersey to play in the Under Armour All-America game during a ceremony at the Coney Island school last Tuesday. Holley is one of 90 players selected to play in the contest on Jan. 2 at Tropican Field in Florida.
“It meant a lot to me, just knowing where I am coming from and where I’m at now,” Holley said.
He is the second All-American from Lincoln, along with Ishaq Williams, in the last three years. Holley joins Erasmus Hall running back and Ohio State-commit Curtis Samuel as an All-American this season. Samuel will represent Brooklyn in the U.S. Army All-American bowl.
“Schools are starting to be more attracted to Brooklyn because we are bringing a lot more All-Americans,” Holley said.
The 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive tackle is the No. 12 ranked prospect in the country at his position by Scout.com. He garnered more than 30 scholarship offers after his junior season and is considering the likes of Ohio State, Penn State, Notre Dame, Florida, and Syracuse. Holley has already taken official visits to Ohio and Penn, and plans on traveling to Florida in November.
“Sometimes it gets a little overwhelming because you are not use to it,” Holley said of taking in all these major programs have to offer. “It’s a learning process. It’s something you get to enjoy.”
He doesn’t want his decision to take too much longer, with Lincoln still unbeaten and the favorite to win its second Public School Athletic League city title in the last three years. Holley doesn’t have any other visits planned yet, but would like to have mind made by within the next month or so.
“I want to focus on the season and school, so the sooner the better,” Holley said.