Nov 30, 2013; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster (left) talks to his players against the Virginia Cavaliers in the third quarter at Scott Stadium. The Hokies won 16-6. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
This time last year, the Hokies were putting together a class that had plenty of headline recruit led by Kendall Fuller who as we know has proven why he was one of the top recruits in the country for the Class of 2013. However, Holland Fisher grabbed a lot of headlines last year as the safety prospect stayed committed to Virginia Tech despite the pursuit of Alabama and seemed to give the Hokies two players who could make a big early impact for the Hokies during the 2013 Season.
That happened for Kendall Fuller but it was Brandon Facyson instead of Holland Fisher that was the other high-impact true freshman in the secondary.
Holland Fisher did not qualify academically to enroll at Virginia Tech this year and had to enroll elsewhere for a year so he went to the most well-known prep school for potential college football players, Fork Union Military Academy. Fork Union has seen tons of players on their high school team like Christian Hackenberg or their post-high school prep team like Fisher who have gone on to end up at major programs. Fisher had to get his grades together with the hope that he would be able to qualify to get in Virginia Tech for the spring semester. Fisher has gotten the job done in the classroom and has now been enrolled at Virginia Tech and is ready to go for next fall.
For Virginia Tech fans, they hopefully will be ready for a man that could take a returning starter’s starting spot potentially.
January 4, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Highlight safety Holland Fisher (9) during the first half at the Under Armour All-America high school Game at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Fisher has tons of talent and will be a player that get tons of playing time from day one due to how he is a great fit in Bud Foster’s defensive scheme and is an excellent athlete. Holland Fisher fits perfectly in the rover role which is similar to a strong safety but is currently held down by Kyshoen Jarrett. However, Jarrett has the skill set to play free safety while Detrick Bonner could also get pushed out to cornerback.
Holland Fisher has played some linebacker before but is a better fit at safety in the long run where he projects as a potential NFL strong safety. Fisher is known for being very good at shutting down the run and Jarrett could be better as a free safety on run plays with Fisher near the line. Fisher will also probably have a chip on his shoulder after not getting to play for the Hokies this past season and now getting the job done in the classroom. The Hokies have the willingness to make sure the best players are out there and Fisher is ready to come in and challenge Bonner and Jarrett for playing time and possibly a starting spot.