Chancellor (Fredericksburg, VA) junior Chris Holmes has undergone a physical transformation of sorts since last summer. And with class of 2013 recruiting in full swing, the timing couldn’t be better.
“He has added an extra inch or inch-and-a-half, and just his natural maturation of physique and filling out…his body has matured big-time over the last seven months,” Chancellor wide receivers coach Chris Lam said. “Now at 6’2”, 190 pounds, to be able to jump and catch and run like he can…it’s a nice thing.
“I think Coach Lazor from UVa said it best. When he saw him in January, he said Chris looked like a different person.”
Holmes, a wide receiver and defensive back for the Chargers, has been offered by East Carolina, Marshall, Ohio, Old Dominion and West Virginia. He is getting interest from a handful of ACC programs, including Boston College, Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
“Offensively, he was our go-to-target,” Lam said, discussing Holmes’ role on the team last season. “He made big plays for us when his number was called. We switched offenses last season. We went from being an option team to being a Pistol read-option team. Running was still the majority of our offense, but we did throw the ball. We threw the ball 20 times in one game. The first two or three games were just about getting into a rhythm.
“Defensively, we could do lots of things with Chris. We moved him back and forth from corner to safety. We were able to do different things with him because of his size. We were able to move him around the field. He has nice versatility.”
A 2-sport star, Holmes was the 2012 Battlefield District Player of the Year in boys varsity basketball. Football is his future, though, and he has potential on either side of the ball. Many college coaches are saying “athlete,” but there are some with a more specific idea in terms of position. Boston College likes Holmes as a wide receiver, while Virginia Tech and West Virginia see him as a safety.
A decision doesn’t seem imminent, and there is no set timetable for when a commitment may come. Coach Lam says the standout prospect is open at this point in the process, but there will be some visits on the horizon.
“He has been to UVa and Tech. He went up to Maryland for a junior...
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