RECRUITING: Gators Strong For 5-Star JUCO DE

Due to the abundance of top-rated high school recruits filling up the board at nearly every position at the University of Florida, the only reason to dip into the junior college ranks is to snap up a player who can step in and contribute immediately at a position of need. Defensive end Louis Holmes of Scottsdale (AZ) Community College fits that bill perfectly and this five-star recruit is planning a visit to Gainesville.

(Louis Holmes profile)

Holmes is a 6-6, 270-pounder who has the speed and athletic ability to match his prototypical size for the defensive end position. He's come up big on the defensive line for Scottsdale as the Fighting Artichokes (yes, that's really the team name) are off to a 4-2 start.

Holmes plans to graduate from SCC in December and enroll in the school of his choice in January so he will be able to participate in spring practice. Some of the nation's top-rated programs are recruiting him heavily including three from the SEC. He has only taken one official visit so far, however.

"My list hasn't been updated yet, but I am planning on visiting Florida," Holmes said. "I visited USC already on an official visit. I will visit LSU on November 25th. I will also visit Florida and Tennessee."

Holmes grew up in Tennessee before he moved to Fort Lauderdale for his final two years of high school. He played for Dillard and originally signed with Ohio State.

"Yeah I played football in Florida but I grew up in Tennessee," Holmes said. "I have an uncle that still lives in Florida, but when I played at Dillard I lived with a coach. I moved to Florida when I was 16 years old and played my junior and senior year at Dillard."

The visit to Southern Cal went very well, but he's isn't ready to name a leader yet.

"Coach Carroll is recruiting me from USC and I loved the visit there," he said. "Everything was really cool. The game atmosphere was great."

Florida has just recently been added to the list of favorites as the Gators recently extended the massive defensive end an offer to play football in Gainesville for his remaining two years.

"Coach (Doc) Holliday is recruiting me from Florida and he recruited me coming out of High School at North Carolina State," Holmes said. "They are telling me I could come in and be a big part of the defense and play right away next year. I like the way they play defense."

He took an unofficial visit to LSU and that resulted in an offer from the Tigers.

"I visited LSU over the summer and I liked the visit," he said. "I really like (Defensive Line) Coach Karl Dunbar."

Tennessee was one of the first schools to offer Holmes. Since he spent most of his formative years in the state, it's no surprise that the Vols are high on his favorite's list.

"I like Tennessee, they offered me a long time ago and I have liked them since," he said.

Holmes says he can do it all and his massive size for the defensive end position is something the Gators really like. Holmes would be a huge asset as a strong side defensive end in Gainesville.

"I'm real aggressive and have a lot of power coming off the edge," he said. "My quickness is good for my size and I can dominate the man in front of me."

With a little over three months away until signing day, the Florida Gators are trying to solidify every position on their recruiting board. Adding a ready to play defensive end like Louis Holmes would certainly solidify the defensive end position.

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