2017 WR Gavin Holmes (© Greg Powers/SCOUT)

BearsIllustrated and Scout break down 2017 Baylor signee, Gavin Holmes

BearsIllustrated continues its spotlight series looking at Scout 4-star WR, Gavin Holmes.



All-state receiver from Northwest High School in Justin, Texas… Three-time all-district honoree played under head coach Bill Poe at NHS… Rated nation’s 58th-best receiver prospect in 2017 recruiting class by Scout, ranked No. 70 by 247Sports and No. 74 by Rivals… Top 100 Texas recruit: ranked No. 60 by Scout, No. 66 by 247Sports and No. 84 by Rivals… Amassed over 2,700 yards from scrimmage and totaled 27 TDs in three varsity seasons… Named 2016 first-team Class 5A All-State following senior season, led Northwest to 10-2 record and DI area finals (and first playoff wins in program history)… Also selected 2016 SportsDay HS All-Area first team by Dallas Morning News and All-Area Super Team first team by Fort Worth Star-Telegram… Named 2016 District 6-5A Offensive MVP… Totaled 83 receptions for 1,549 yards and 15 TDs (18.7 yards-per-catch) and had two kick-return touchdowns… Earned 2015 second-team All-District 5-6A honors as junior, caught 61 passes for 828 yards and eight TDs, also ran for 110 yards on 10 attempts… Named to 2014 All-District 5-6A second team as sophomore for 6-4 NHS squad… Made 25 receptions for 266 yards and two TDs in first varsity season.


“Gavin is a fast wide receiver that did it all during his high school career. He utilizes his speed well and has soft hands. His polished route-running skills, versatile running ability, mature mindset and aggressive mentality will allow him to contribute at an early stage of his career.”


Inside the Numbers

Class: 2017

School: Northwest (TX) HS

Size: 5'11", 178 lbs

Position: WR

Star Rating: 4-Star

Scout.com National Rank: N/A

Position Rank: No. 58

Midland WR Rank: No. 15

Texas WR Rank: No. 15


Holmes was one of the more under valued WRs in the State, in a crowded group of elite receivers. Holmes had a slew of P5 offers but ultimately chose the Bears over Arizona State. 

Scout.com Evaluation

Gavin Holmes is a big-play threat who can line up in the slot or on the outside. He has laser-timed 4.43 speed in the 40, so he combines great top-end speed with foot quickness and lateral mobility. Lacks ideal size, but not too small, by any means. Holmes produced huge numbers his senior year and showed noticeable improvement over his junior season and the offseason leading up to 2016. - Gabe Brooks, Midlands Recruiting Analyst


Downfield Threat
Slot Ability

Areas to Improve


High School Career

In three varsity seasons, Holmes gained 2,775 yards from scrimmage and scored 27 offensive touchdowns. He caught 169 passes for 2,643 yards and 25 scores.

2016: Holmes finished his senior season with 83 catches for 1,549 yards and 15 touchdowns on 18.7 yards per catch. He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.

2015: As a junior, Holmes caught 61 passes for 828 yards and eight touchdowns, while also rushing for 110 yards on just 10 carries. He was one of the fastest prospects at The Opening Dallas in March 2016, posting a 4.43 40-yard dash.

2014: Holmes made his varsity debut as a sophomore, when he caught 25 passes for 266 yards and two TD's.

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