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4-star quarterback Eli Holstein decommits from Texas A&M

Keegan Pope03/18/22
Article written by:On3 imageKeegan Pope


Top-100 QB Eli Holstein. (Jeremy Birmingham/Lettermen Row)

Zachary (La.) quarterback Eli Holstein has decommited from Texas A&M, he announced on Friday afternoon.

Holstein is the No. 101 prospect in the 2023 class, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He ranks as the nation’s No. 9 quarterback and the No. 6 junior prospect in Louisiana.

“I’d like to thank Texas A&M for giving me the opportunity to achieve my dreams of playing college football,” Holstein wrote on Twitter. “Thank you to Coach Fisher and Coach Dickey for all that they have done for me and believing in me. I am still very interested in Texas A&M but with recent coaching changes and new opportunities I’d like to open my recruitment back up. With that being said I am decommitting from Texas A&M and reopening my recruitment.”

The 6-foot-2, 212-pound signal-caller had been pledged to Texas A&M since June 2021. But he has received a recent uptick in interest from a number of schools. Holstein recently visited Alabama for its junior day earlier this month. And he has also added offers from Oregon and Miami in recent months.

As a junior for Zachary this fall, he helped the Broncos to a state title while throwing for 3,246 yards and 29 touchdowns against six interceptions.

Eli Holstein will have plenty of options

Alabama, Oregon, LSU, and Florida are among the teams expected to be involved for Holstein after his decommitment. None of the four currently have a quarterback committed in the 2023 cycle.

Alabama is still in the hunt for Five-Star Plus+ QB Arch Manning, while Florida and LSU have both tried to get in the race as well. Oregon and Alabama were at one point considered the squarely in the mix for five-star Nico Iamaleava, but he is heavily trending toward Tennessee.

The Aggies are now down to three commitments in the 2023 class: four-star defensive lineman Johnny Bowens and Anthony James, as well as in-state offensive lineman Colton Thomasson. Texas A&M has only offered four quarterbacks in this cycle — one of whom is USC commit Malachi Nelson. The others are Iamaleava and Nashville-area four-star Marcel Reed.