Zachary (La.) Alabama reached one of its top goals on Tuesday with the promise of four-star quarterback Eli Holstein.
Holstein, a former Texas A&M pledgee, resumed his appointment in March Nick SoapOffensive coordinator Bill O’Brien And the Crimson Tide.
“In Alabama, you’ll get what you pay for,” Holstein told rivals earlier this month. “They told you straight. I talk a lot every week with Coach O’Brien and Coach Soap. In conversation, we become more personal whenever we talk.”
Holstein possesses adequate size and arm strength to play at a high level in college, and flashed it more than once in his junior season film which saw him lead Zachary to a perfect 15-0 record and a 5A state championship in Louisiana.
He also had the ability to maneuver and move out of pocket because he was one of the country’s most skilled signal-callers in quietly expanding dramas last season. Holstein flew in his junior year with 3,238 yards and 30 touchdowns for 523 yards and 14 touchdowns. He’s not a true dual-threat, but he’s reliable enough to stretch plays with his dynamics.
In Bill O’Brien’s system in Alabama, Holstein fits the mold almost perfectly as a player with a high IQ in his pocket and can make quick, decisive decisions against tough competition.
Holstein is a perfect traveler who doesn’t take much risk, but sees it as a sacrifice not to make too many mistakes and to limit turnover.
A signal-caller on many fronts, the best years at Holstein’s College could come in the latter half of his time in Tuscaloosa with the development of Bill O’Brien’s system. There will be no rush for him to hit the field, which will give him enough time to adapt to the college game.