Holley was obviously pleased with the job head coach Bill O’Brien did in two seasons, but O’Brien has since taken the head coaching job with the Houston Texans. There was a lot of talk that Holley would attend a different school once O’Brien, but his relationship with Penn State assistant coach Larry Johnson, which he cited as one of the reasons he initially chose Penn State, likely kept him from doing so.
Now that former Vanderbilt Commodores ‘ head coach James Franklin has taken over at Penn State, Johnson has taken a job with the Ohio State Buckeyes under head coach Urban Meyer.
After this news, Holley decided to publicly commit to the Florida Gators.
“It was a combination of things,” Holley’s uncle, Scott Benjamin told Scott Wiltfong of 247 Sports. “The race was very close between them and Penn State. Once all the staff and everyone was gone, Thomas felt he didn’t want to go through the whole process again.”
Holley, who is 6’4 and 300 lbs., attends Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York. He is considered the 78th best player, fourth best defensive tackle and second best player in New York according to 247′s Composite Rankings.