BERKELEY, Calif. -- Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive guard Ben Holmes wasn’t alone at California’s one-day camp on Saturday, June 13. Alongside him was Braves receiver – and Brian Treggs pupil -- Kristian Gilbert, and behind him was his father, Henry, a Berkeley Law grad and sports agent, with a multi-million dollar deal for the George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling Machine under his belt.
Holmes arrived a day early for camp and met with Bears head coach Sonny Dykes before participating in Saturday’s camp, and though he’s a low-key chap, it’s clear that Cal holds his interest.
“I’ve had a couple schools talk to me – Miami and San Diego State – and Cal, I came up to the camp, to see what I could do,” said Holmes. “It was pretty good. There were a couple things I need to work on, but it was a great experience.”
The 6-foot-3, 320-pound 2017 prospect profiles as a guard at the next level, and has played center.
Last season, starting for Bosco as a sophomore, Holmes was not charged with a single holding penalty, and he didn’t allow a single sack.
“Especially as a sophomore, it was a great experience getting to play with all the guys that were on the team, going D1,” Holmes said. “It was a good time.”
Because of all that Division I talent surrounding him, Holmes knows what it takes to get to the next level, and he’s working at achieving that this summer. He went to Miami last week, and enjoyed the camp. He said that he’s headed to Washington next week for camp, as well.