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Rejected by West Point, 2014 recruit moves on to Buffs

Isaiah Holland

Army’s recruiting loss will turn out to be Colorado’s gain.

In a release sent out Wednesday, Colorado announced that Isaiah Holland signed a financial aid agreement with CU over the weekend and will play for the Buffs this fall. The school noted in the release that “[h]igh school student-athletes in football can sign letters-of-intent through April 1; after that date, they can sign grants-in-aid per NCAA rules.”

Holland had originally planned on attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point but, for reasons unknown, he was denied entry, leading him back to his home state.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances in the admissions process, I was recently denied admission,” said Holland in a statement. “While this was disappointing, God gave me another exciting opportunity for my future.”

Holland, a two-star 2014 recruit coming out of high school in Highlands Ranch, Colo.,, is the son of Darius Holland, who lettered four years as a defensive tackle under Bill McCartney in the early- to mid-nineties.

As one of the top freshmen expected to join Army’s football team this pickup, his pickup instead turns into an unexpected boon to CU’s class this year.

“This is like Christmas is May,” head coach Mike MacIntyre said. “t’s a great for us to sign another player from Colorado, we want them here and are glad that Isaiah turned to us when West Point was no longer an option for him. He’s also a legacy recruit, you mention his father’s name and everybody recalls what kind of player he was for the Buffaloes.”

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10 Responses to “Rejected by West Point, 2014 recruit moves on to Buffs”
  1. psly2124 says: May 28, 2014 10:23 PM

    He knows exactly why he was not admitted. There is zero doubt that he failed to qualify academically. West Point doesn’t lower standards for athletes.

  2. ndnut says: May 29, 2014 1:59 AM

    You don’t know if he is a 4.0 student. Your racist generalization is simply hateful and wrong.

  3. tendigitpoet says: May 29, 2014 6:45 AM

    Oversensitive much? There was nothing racist in the first comment.

  4. parklayneplayas says: May 29, 2014 7:11 AM

    He prob got gigged for height/weight restriction. Essentially, he was too big. The Service Acadamies have to follow strict guidelines in this area that really limit their athletic programs. I’m sure his grades were in line or he wouldn’t have applied in the first place.

  5. germanflats13a38 says: May 29, 2014 7:29 AM

    This is traditionally the week cadets report to West Point, and been “Beast.” Far to late in the process for grades to have been a consideration, unless there was evidence of an honor violation.

    I would guess that he was just too big. Probably grew in the last 6 weeks.

  6. planecrashguy says: May 29, 2014 7:52 AM

    Or he could have failed a drug test.

  7. germanflats13a38 says: May 29, 2014 8:52 AM


    Oooooooooo. I didn’t even think about that one. I wonder if that would result in exclusion from day one or merely discipline.

  8. stoicpaisano says: May 29, 2014 11:13 AM

    Air Force averages 255# across the o-line and Calhoun has never started an OL over 280#.

    Not sure of the weight restrictions at West Point/Monken but Holland is listed at 320#. He may have had a target to hit and didn’t do so. Wonder if Holland was offered a USMAPS slot and turned it down in favor of Colorado.

  9. planecrashguy says: May 29, 2014 1:38 PM

    He obviously had and accepted an appointment. It’s unclear if he was denied admission before or after arrival at West Point. If he got there and was told he wouldn’t be permitted to enroll, either not meeting weight requirements or failing a drug test would be plausible explanations. If he was told he was denied admission before leaving for West Point, that opens a different set of reasons.

    Really not anybody else’s business, but I expect the story will come out eventually.

  10. bornahawker says: May 30, 2014 11:47 PM

    Thank god this boy gets to lose 90% of all games he will play for a horrible football program. Ralphie may coach next year!

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