Class of 2006

Menelik Holt

HometownSan Diego, CA
High schoolSt. Augustine

Originally published Feb. 2, 2006 in The Omaha World-Herald

Holt says: "I believe in everything those (NU) coaches do, 100 percent. I hear all the time from people out here how I shouldn't go there, how they're not going to be any good. But it doesn't bother me."

Did you know?: Holt's decision to focus on football this winter came as a disappointment to the basketball program at St. Augustine. He starred last year on the basketball court, earning quite a reputation after he shattered a backboard while dunking in practice.

Coachspeak: "He's going to come in and play and contribute right away." -- St. Augustine coach Jerry Ralph

What the gurus say: named Holt to its all-state first team. ranks him as the nation's No. 44 wide receiver. rates him 92nd among all players in the west region.

About Holt: Nebraska probably got a steal in securing a June commitment from Holt, who developed last fall into one of the best receivers in California. "If he had not committed early, I don't know if I would have had time to grade a paper this year because of all the recruiters we would have seen," Ralph said. "As it was, I've had to fend off a lot of other schools." Holt committed to Nebraska in tandem with quarterback Josh Freeman, and he stuck to his pledge after Freeman defected to Kansas State. "He's a gifted receiver," San Diego Point Loma coach Mike Hastings said. "He goes up in space and controls his body real well." St. Augustine beat Hastings' team, which included NU recruit Anthony West, 46-14 on Dec. 13 in a sectional championship game at Qualcomm Stadium. Holt caught six passes for 111 yards and a TD in the victory. For the season, Holt caught 55 passes for 667 yards and 12 touchdowns.

How we see it: With his big body, he could ultimately help NU become a big-play offense. Even if it doesn't happen right away, Holt looks like a difference-maker in this class.

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