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
During the Class of 2013 recruiting cycle, Holland Fisher was one of the top safeties in the country and had plenty of suitors. The Hokies were successful in keeping the safety from Midlothian, Virginia in the state of Virginia as a part of a Virginia Tech recruiting class that included Kendall Fuller, Bucky Hodges, Andrew Motuapuaka, Brandon Facyson, Wyatt Teller, Chuck Clark, and Jonathan McLaughlin.
However, Fisher didn’t come straight to Blacksburg. Instead, Fisher spent a season at Fork Union Military Academy before arriving enrolling last spring. Fisher was unable to climb that high up the depth chart and the former four-star safety ended up getting redshirted this past season.
Fisher has now gotten to spend a season with the Hokies and will be looking to compete for a starting job next fall with Kyshoen Jarrett and Detrick Bonner graduating.
Holland Fisher is going to be targeting Jarrett’s rover position this spring. Fisher will have a lot of work to do not only this spring but also in the fall if he wants to earn the starting job at rover next fall. However, Fisher has the potential to be a breakthrough player next season but he has a lot to prove.
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Currently, the backup for Jarrett is redshirt sophomore Der’Woun Greene who has the versatility to either stay at rover or move back to cornerback depending on what happens this spring. Players like Anthony Shegog and Desmond Frye could also end up being in this battle depending on what happens at free safety with Chuck Clark potentially sliding to free safety and C.J. Reavis being a great young talent.
Shegog seems likely to move to rover with Reavis fairly certain to be the long-term free safety. Shegog could end up being a very serious contender to get this starting job, but if Clark moves to free safety, it wouldn’t be surprising if Frye slides over to rover. On top of that, a move by Clark to free safety could also cause Greene to move back to cornerback.
So where does Fisher slot into this position battle? That is the big unknown in this situation mainly due to the fact that Fisher was redshirted this past season. Fisher was not ready to play much this past fall, but it will be interesting to see how much progress he has made once Spring Practice gets under way.
Holland Fisher has a huge amount of potential, but it remains to be seen whether he will reach that level of potential or not. This spring will likely be a major indication of how good Fisher will end up being in his collegiate career.