Auburn, Ala.--Anyone that has watched football in the Southeastern Conference football the last four years knows size doesn't mean everything at the linebacker position. Sam Olajabutu was a defensive stalwart for the Arkansas Razorbacks despite not being ideal size. A player hoping to get that same opportunity down the road is Auburn High linebacker Robert Holmes.
At 5-8, 199 with the strength and quickness to deliver a big hit at the point of attack, Holmes is working at outside linebacker this spring after starring at noseguard and defensive end for the Tigers his first two seasons as a starter. While he's an unknown to most schools who haven't seen him in action this spring, Holmes says the move has him excited about the possibilities for him down the road.
"I'm very excited now," Holmes tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I can use my speed now. I think having played on the defensive line makes me a more physical player. I know how to get off blocks and can take on anything really. I know how to fight. I played linebacker my ninth grade year but then I got moved to defensive line."
Holmes is a physical player that plays all out on every snap.
An explosive player that shows good instincts for the ball, Holmes says he has a personal-best time of 4.59 seconds in the 40-yard dash. That and his physical nature has Holmes hoping to hear from his two favorite schools as his spring gets into high gear this week.
"I'm a big time Florida fan," Holmes says. "I grew up watching Auburn and would love to play at Auburn. I really like Florida and Auburn the most."
Because of his new position, Holmes says he's hoping to hear from some schools this spring to help him set a camp schedule for the summer. Until then, Holmes says he'll just keep working to learn his new position and work with top prospect Dee Finley to make Auburn's defense one to fear next year in Alabama.