Blue Chip Chat: T.J. Holl, Seneca Valley


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DATA

Year: Senior

Height: 6-1

Weight: 210

Pos.: QB/LB

THE SCOOP

As dual-threat quarterbacks go, Holl was one of the best in the state last season. He had more than 2,500 yards total offense and led an inexperienced Seneca Valley team to a 9-2 record. He completed 117 of 188 passes for 1,804 yards and also led the team in rushing with 723 yards. He and Seneca Valley are expecting even bigger things this season in Class AAAA of the WPIAL. You don’t see many Class AAAA quarterbacks who also play linebacker. Holl is the son of Seneca Valley coach Don Holl and also plays basketball for the Raiders.

COLLEGE TALK

Despite excelling in the largest classification in the WPIAL, Holl isn’t being recruited much by big colleges. He has a scholarship offer from Colgate and a few Mid-American Conference schools are showing interest as well as a few from the Patriot League.

OUR QUESTIONS, HIS ANSWERS

All right, let’s get it out of the way. Where did the long hair go? I actually have a Mohawk now. I cut it all off after AAU basketball in the spring. I was saving the long hair for this year, but then I said this is kind of annoying. It got to the point that it was down to my shoulder blades. So I cut it to a Mohawk.

If you had to rank WPIAL Class AAAA, where would Seneca Valley be and why? I would probably say top five, at least. I say that because we have a bunch of returning starters and experience all across the field.

At Seneca Valley, is there a lot of animosity toward North Allegheny in all sports? I’d say there is. But it’s like any other rivalry. The biggest thing between the two is we hate each other, but we respect each other. North Allegheny has a huge history of being successful, but we’re hopefully starting to build some tradition.

Do you feel like you should be recruited more? I guess a lot of kids think they should be recruited more. I think I’ve worked hard, but a lot of kids have. Coaches will find good players. If I have a good year, and things go like I’m planning, then maybe I will get recruited more. But it’s not up to me who recruits me. The one school that offered me so far [Colgate] is one heck of a school.

Do you have something to prove this year? I always do, kind of just because of the situation of my dad being the coach. No matter what you do, there are always people who say, ‘Oh, he plays just because of his dad and blah, blah, blah, blah.’

What does T.J. stand for? Thomas Joseph. Some people still call me Tommy or Tom, especially substitute teachers because on the class roster it says Thomas Holl.

AND FINALLY

Have you taken the ice-bucket challenge yet? No, but actually I think I might at [training] camp. Someone at a sports-performance place challenged our whole team.

Have you challenged anyone? I think I’m going to challenge another team at our school. My dad already did it and the coach from New Castle [Joe Cowart] already did after our scrimmage Saturday.


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