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Lake Taylor (Norfolk, VA) star rising senior Jalyn Holmes has star potential at tight end and defensive end, but he showed off his defensive talents during the Nike Football Training Camp in Ashburn (VA) this past Sunday. The 6’5″, 240-pound outperformed a talented group of defensive linemen to capture position MVP honors, and he also came away with an invite to Nike’s The Opening, an invite only combine featuring 150 of the top players in the country (primarily rising senior prospects).
“It’s a good, special day,” Holmes said at the camp’s conclusion.
Holmes shined this past season as a junior, establishing himself as one of the Commonwealth’s top prospects in the class of 2014. He finished the year with 40 tackles for loss and 11 sacks, helping the Titans capture the Group AAA, Division 5 state championship in the process.
Reflecting on his performance at the Nike Camp, Holmes said: “I felt like I did real good, coming off the ball fast, using my hands. I picked up a lot of new stuff I didn’t know and used it well in a short period of time.”
Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, UNC, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech are among the schools that have offered Holmes, who narrowed his list to eight last December before deciding to re-open his recruitment. Virginia Tech, which made the initial cut before Holmes re-opened everything, received a visit from the talented athlete this past Saturday.
“Everybody that has offered me stands equal so I don’t really have top schools or anything, but I had a good time up there,” Holmes said when asked about his trip to the Virginia Tech Spring Game. He was asked for his impressions of the trip and where the Hokies stood on his list following the experience. “I enjoyed being around the people. The people are real friendly, and they show a lot of love up there.”
Although he didn’t give away anything in terms of potential favorites, Holmes did answer which school he would pick if he ultimately decided to stay in-state. Right now, he said he would pick Virginia Tech.
“If I stayed in state, Tech would be the school,” Holmes said.
Holmes is scheduled to travel to Clemson, Ohio State, and Tennessee in the near future. He may narrow...
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