TX Linebacker Steals the Show at Showtime

It is common that recruits go to camps and explode on the scene, doing so well that they almost steal the show. One of the top players at Showtime was a recruit many FSU fans haven't heard of yet in this process. NoleDigest caught up with the standout linebacker to get his thoughts on the camp, and to see where the Seminoles are now among his list of schools.

Texas linebacker Holmes Onwukaife made the trip to Tallahassee for Florida State's Seminole Showtime this past weekend. FSU had been recruiting Holmes but recently he made the move from defensive end to outside linebacker, therefore FSU was one of the schools that wanted to see him in person to see how he was doing making the transition.

After the camp Saturday one can say that the transition was seamless. Onwukaife gave 5-star linebacker Jeff Luc a run for his money as the top linebacker at the camp, and he was one of the top overall players there. Holmes told NoleDigest that his longtime interest in FSU brought him to the camp, and that at the end he was happy he made the trip.

"I've had a longtime interest in Florida State and I recently just sent them my film so me and my dad decided to come out here and give FSU a closer look," said the Cedar Park standout. "I feel great about today and I think I had a wonderful performance in the one-on-ones today."

Holmes isn't a name unknown in the Midwest as he currently sits at 21 offers. Holmes did say he is hoping that his list will include FSU after this weekend.

"Right now I have 21 offers from mostly Big 12 and Big 10 schools like Michigan, UCLA, Texas Tech, Virginia, Colorado, Baylor, Maryland and just a lot of others," explained Onwukaife. "From the impression that I got FSU wanted me to come out here after I made the transition to see how I move around in space. I think I showed them I could and they told me after the like me. I'm hoping they send me an offer soon."

After the camp FSU linebacker coach Chuck Amato noticed Holmes throughout the camp so after it was over Holmes said Amato pulled him aside to let him know how well he performed.

"Coach Amato took me aside after the camp, looked me in the eye, and said I just became a big-time recruit at FSU," said Holmes. "Coach Amato and Coach Coley told me that some good news should be coming here within the next few days."

The experience at FSU was so great for Holmes that if an offer does come he is thinking about jumping on it.

"Well, it is not every day that you get a chance to work with the guys like Derrick Brooks and those guys," said Onwukaife. "That was great. I like the coaches at FSU a lot. My father and I felt very valued here and we were treated like family. If the offer does come I could have some good news for FSU fans here in a few days. I love the rich history and tradition here at FSU and the family feel they have here."

One of the most impressive things about Holmes was how quick he was for a guy his size, how well he covers, how he uses his hands and how he moves in space and closes on his guy. Another is the fact that Holmes just turned 17 last week.

"I just turned 17 on July 15th so I am supposed to be a junior but I will be graduating at 17," said Onwukaife. "I take academics seriously so I am looking for a school with great academic support and a winning tradition."

Look for an offer to come from FSU soon, and if it does come look for Holmes to make a decision within the next few days. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Holmes, as well as the rest of the recruits that attended Showtime.

As a junior Holmes had 50 tackles and 9 sacks from his defensive end position.


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