NAME: Alijah Holder
CLASS: RS Senior
JERSEY: No. 13
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 191 lbs
PROS: Strong press coverage corner who looks to win within the first five yards. Generally plays with sound footwork through the kick-slide and to the hip turn, rarely lunging or over-extending in his punch. Strike is well located and does well to jar receiver into sideline; does well to maintain leverage when squeezing vertical stems into the boundary.
Hips have a little bit of tightness to them, but not enough to force him into truly dangerous trail position plays. Doesn’t have enough quickness and fluidity in turn-and-run to successfully stack receivers vertically on downfield routes, which can limit his efficacy against true burners. Not slow but burst and long speed are only average/solid. Likes to get his head turned early and in off coverage, plays out of side shuffle to keep eyes on QB at all time. Loves to overlap into other routes and tracks the ball well downfield to make plays. Has good reps as an off-cover corner when closing downfield on breaks/stops, but can get exposed a bit in space given long stride length/hip tightness and the limits thereof on his change of direction quickness.
CONS: Hip tightness and upright build will likely limit true mirror abilities, thus making him a press-man/Cover 3 corner fit almost exclusively. Despite physicality at line of scrimmage in press coverage, does not enjoy playing downhill and filling against the run. Will come timidly to the tackle point, though he does well to drop his hips and aim to the hip. Accepts getting blocked and does not show high effort to disengage and set the edge as a force player.
Loses patience at the line of scrimmage in the press, which leads to over-aggressive sets against release moves. Not uncommon for a college press corner, but a notable issue for a player that isn’t as snappy a turn-and-run corner as others at the position. Doesn’t have great ball production and must learn how to affect the catch point arriving for contact, not just addressing it downfield when he has the ball tracked.
– Benjamin Solak