Holmes To Arkansas

Port Arthur Memorial's Nate Holmes (6-1, 185, 4.4), who is one of the fastest football and track standouts in Texas, took in Arkansas' scrimmage on Saturday and became a Razorback commitment on Wednesday.

Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial's Nate Holmes is one of the fastest kids in Texas – with or without the football in his hands - and now he is a Razorback commit.

Holmes (6-1, 180) - a standout running back/wideout - confirmed Wednesday night that he had committed to Arkansas, becoming the Razorbacks' third commit of the 2012 class.

"I just think this is the right place for me," Holmes said. "It has everything I am looking for in a football school."

Holmes came to Fayetteville on Saturday to watch Arkansas scrimmage.

"I'm liking this great field and the great weight room and the plans they have to add on to the facilities is going to make it even better," Holmes said. "Arkansas is really special."

Holmes got his offer at the end of March.

"I want to say it (the offer) was at the end of last month," Holmes said. "He (Arkansas graduate assistant Richard Owens) said they watched my highlight film, they were very interested in me and want me."

Holmes, who looks up to former Port Arthur Memorial standout and current Kansas City Chief running back Jamal Charles, was beaming about the Razorbacks' offense and its penchant for big plays.

He took in the scrimmage with a pair of teammates – offensive lineman Trevor Armstead (6-6, 265) and Terrance Singleton (5-11, 175), who plays quarterback for Memorial.

"I like it and I like the way they bring a different style to it with running the I(-formation)," Holmes said. "We are straight option. I just want to be able to show what I can do."

Holmes, a state finalist in the 100-meter dash as a sophomore, is also getting attention from some other BCS schools.

Posting a 4.49 hand-held time in the 40-yard dash at the U.S. Army Junior All-American Combine will do that for you. "Arizona, Texas, LSU and Nebraska – that's the ones that are sending me mail," Holmes said. "Rice, SMU, ULM, the University of Louisiana-Lafayette are some others."

Holmes had a great junior season, except for the three games he missed due to a concussion suffered when he and a Channelville defender went helmet-to-helmet on Oct. 15.

He lined up at running back (where he rushed for over 800 yards with a 7.7 yard per carry average) and wideout (where he caught passes for another 200-plus.)

"I would like to lead our league in both rushing and receiving next season," said Holmes, who was one of five running backs and quarterbacks sharing the carries this past season. "I have some high goals."

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