Katy High School
Senior Safety – 6'1" – 190 lbs. - 4.48 40 yard dash – 280 pound bench – 385 pound squat
Katy High School junior safety Sam Holl is spending the off-season trying to get stronger and faster. The 6'1" 190 pound junior has gained almost 20 pounds of muscle since last season and is running track to improve his quickness and top end speed.
"Coach said I needed to run track to make sure the muscle doesn't slow me down next season," stated Holl to PonyStampede.com.
Holl plans to attend Rice's Junior Day this weekend, but says he is not looking to commit anytime soon. The safety's friendship with former Katy star and current Mustang starting quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell gives the Ponies a slight edge over the Owls. Oklahoma State and Nebraska have shown recent interest, but as it stands now, Holl says he is deciding between Rice and SMU and the Mustangs have the edge.
Even for a tradition rich Katy program, last year's State Championship run may have surprised a few people, including the safety.
"Nobody expected us to win it all last year," said Holl. "Athletically, I think we may be even more talented this year. I'm looking forward to playing Bellvue Washington and trying to repeat as state champs."
Besides hitting the track, the Katy product says the weights are an off-season priority. His latest numbers have improved to a 280-pound bench press and 385-pound squat.
Holl considers himself more of a hard hitting strong safety (four forced fumbles last year), then a ball hawk (one interception returned for a touchdown in 2008), but thinks his increased speed will help him make plays on the balls in the air. Katy gave up only 138.2 per game through the air last year.
The junior's mom is not trying to influence his decision and will support him wherever he decides to go.