Michigan State Offers Class of 2026 CB From California

Michigan State has extended an offer to class of 2026 3-star cornerback Joshua Holland II from California.
Michigan State's head coach Jonathan Smith leaves the file after the Spring Showcase on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.
Michigan State's head coach Jonathan Smith leaves the file after the Spring Showcase on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. / Nick King/Lansing State Journal / USA

Joshua Holland II, a talented defensive back from St. John Bosco High School in California, has garnered attention not only for his exceptional skills on the field but also for his potential to make a significant impact at the collegiate level.

On Sunday, Holland announced on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he has been offered by Michigan State.

According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Holland is ranked the No. 39 class of 2026 recruit in California and the No. 29 cornerback in his class. He has also received offers from Georgia, Oklahoma, Washington, and USC among others.

At 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, Holland possesses the physical attributes necessary to excel as a defensive back. His agility and speed, matched with his height, allow him to cover receivers effectively, while his strong tackling ability makes him a reliable defender in both pass coverage and run support. These qualities are essential for any successful college-level defensive unit, particularly in a competitive conference like the Big Ten which is about to get a lot harder to succeed in.

What sets Holland apart goes beyond his physical abilities; it's his football IQ and instincts on the field. Known for his ability to read plays and anticipate movements, he often finds himself in the right position to make critical plays or disrupt the opponent's offense.

Michigan State's interest in Holland signifies its recognition of his potential to strengthen its defense. The Spartans, known for their stout defensive tradition, would benefit greatly from Holland's skills and leadership. His commitment to excellence both on and off the field aligns with the values of Michigan State's football program, emphasizing discipline, hard work and teamwork.

For Holland, receiving an offer from Michigan State is not just an achievement, but it should be an exciting opportunity to showcase his talents at the next level. His dedication to improving his game and his commitment to academic excellence make him not only a standout athlete but also a well-rounded student-athlete.

As he weighs his options and considers the opportunities ahead, Holland remains focused on continuing to refine his skills and prepare for the challenges of college football. His journey from St. John Bosco High School to potentially becoming a Spartan reflects his determination and perseverance in pursuing his dreams.

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Jack Lintner