Woodside LB Shemar Holland (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Landstown ended the season for Woodside LB Shemar Holland; St. Andrews aims to extend his playing career
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
It was only one year ago that the Wolverines traveled to Landstown to take on the Eagles in a Region 6A semi-final matchup. Woodside was looking to continue its demolition of Landstown that started in a 2016 Region 6A quarter-final matchup that watched the Wolverines knock off the Eagles 31-0.
Good fortune wasn’t in Woodside’s favor as the Wolverines ended up losing on the road against Landstown by a final score of 14-10.
After finishing the 2018 season with a record of 8-2, Woodside was awarded redemption in the first-round of the playoffs against a slightly downgraded Landstown program. However, the Eagles walked into Todd Stadium in the beginning of November and finished what they started in 2017 knocking off the Wolverines by a score of 20-7.
Despite the Wolverines being knocked out of the playoffs on November 9, Woodside’s final contest against Landstown is one starting linebacker Shemar Holland (2019 OLB 5-11 201) would call one of his best in a Wolverines’ uniform.
“Well my best game ever had to be my last game against Landstown,” Holland told recruit757. “I put everything out on the line that game. I wasn’t trying to go home early.”
Holland started playing football around the age of nine and was raised in Newport News. By the time he reached Woodside, Holland started to find himself on the radar within the Peninsula District. However, he fell short of the recognition he felt he deserved during his sophomore season. The Woodside product began to put more into his game during his junior and senior season which led him to gaining All-Region and All-Peninsula District honors at the linebacker and tight end positions in 2018.
“Over the past few years, after coming up short my sophomore year and junior year, my main focus on the off-season was to get much bigger and stronger,” Holland stated. “I thought that would allow me to help the team more for wherever Coach (Danny) Dodson needed to put me. Throughout the whole summer we worked with former Woodside alumni, Coach Tim Flood, who individually helped us with what we individually needed more attention at.”
This has led to Holland picking up his first collegiate offer from St. Andrews University which came on Tuesday morning.
“It’s been a long time coming and I feel extremely blessed and excited about it,” Holland said. Coach (Tim) Reynolds came down today called me out off class and said I have been on their radar for awhile. He was very genuine, honest and he showed a lot of interest by individualizing a lot of the questions I had such as how I would fit,” Holland stated.
A two-way player, Holland has excelled at both outside linebacker and tight end under Coach Dodson. However, the offense Woodside currently plays under fits into more of a running than passing category. Therefore, those that are recruiting Holland are scouting him more so to play linebacker than tight end.
His statistics this season are eerily similar to those of last season finishing with close to 70 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions. Academically, Holland is within good standing currently holding a 2.91 grade point average and a recent SAT score of 920 with plans to retake his SAT in the near future.
Along with St. Andrews University, Holland has received slight interest from: Christopher Newport, Charleston, Ferrum, Bluefield, Averett, Bridgewater, North Carolina Wesleyan, Glenville State, Shenandoah and the Apprentice School. At this point, the opportunity to possibly study and play at the next level with minimal debt is an idea Holland is completely and utterly fond of.
“It would mean a lot knowing that all of the hard work eventually paid off. I’m just thankful that my talent is finally being recognized,” Holland stated.
– Brandon Mitchell