Yes Virginia, There Is An Ohio State Defensive Lineman: Jalyn Holmes Commits
By Michael Chung
Virginia has recently been the home of some highly sought after recruiting targets on the defensive line. The nations #1 rated prospect—Dashawn Hand—paid his second visit to Ohio State but was mainly accompanying his good friend, another top defensive lineman: Tim Settle. You can read Settle’s Ozone interview here.
But after Hand said publicly that Ohio State was not in his top 5 and Tim Settle told Ozone that his decision is a long way off, it looked like it maybe a while before Ohio State could land a defensive lineman from Virginia. Leave it to Urban Meyer to keep the heat on and never quit. At 6’5” weighing in at about 230 lbs, Jalyn Holmes became the Virginian defensive lineman Meyer coveted.
Holmes was leaning towards Florida State according to many recruiting experts but the Buckeyes clearly showed him something that made him not want to wait.
In addition to FSU, Holmes was also considering Clemson while having offers from schools like Alabama, Florida, Miami (FL), Nebraska, Notre Dame, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, USC, Vanderbilt and hometown schools Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
If Holmes is half as impressive as his offer list, the Buckeyes are in really good shape at defensive line for some time to come.
Michael Clark of Scout writes, “Holmes has a great frame and is very athletic. He really fires off the ball and does a good job using his hands to shed defenders. Holmes also runs very well and does nice a job playing under control and pursuing the football. He has a huge upside and should become a big-time player in college.”
Rated four-stars by Rivals, Scout, ESPN, and 247Sports, last year Holmes had a whopping 12 sacks and 40 tackles for loss. Just like current commit Sam Hubbard, Holmes can also play tight end catching 24 passes and seven touchdowns much like his future defensive line coach —Mike Vrabel—did for New England; maybe Holmes can play some TE in special situations.
After being spurned by Michigan standout Lawrence Marshall earlier in the year, Holmes fills the void of DE for the 2014 class and becomes to 11th member. Depending on attrition, there looks to be 7-9 more spots left and do not be surprised if Urban takes at least one more defensive lineman.
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