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Minnesota Golden Gophers recruiting analysis: WR Melvin Holland Jr.

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High School: Briar Woods

Hometown: Ashburn, Va.

Position: Wide Receiver

Height: 6-3

Weight: 205

My Assessment: The Gophers need playmakers at wide receiver. He can be one of those guys from day one. He is consistently getting behind the secondary. He has deceptive speed and good quickness off the line of scrimmage. He grabs the ball with his hands and can make the difficult catch. He can make defenders miss in the open field and is tough to tackle.

Overview: Named a four-star recruit by ESPN, who also ranked him as the No. 12 player in Virginia and as the No. 48 wide receiver in his class - 247Sports pegged him as a three-star recruit and as the No. 21 player in Virginia - received three-star status from Rivals and Scout.

ESPN Analysis: Thickly and tall with a stature that aids in his ability both vertically and after the catch - imposing target off the line - competitive long speed given his size and is a galloping, physical force as a runner - uses frame, long arms and strength to muscle through tight quarters - given his size he does have very good agility - big, strong, soft hands - shows ball skill focus and catches the ball away from his frame - quickly tucks and transitions upfield upon catching the football and has the body control and catch radius to adjust to poorly thrown balls outside of his frame - sneaky fast and explosive, but his physical stature makes him very difficult to handle in space one-on-one - can’t tackle him without help - red zone mismatch.

High School: Currently attends Briar Woods High School - helped lead his team to a 13-2 record as a senior and a berth in the Virginia 5A championship game - notched five catches for 100 yards and three touchdowns in championship game - team won state titles during his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons - made 64 catches for 1,032 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior - returned six kickoffs for 219 yards and one touchdown - recovered one fumble - coached by Charlie Pierce.



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