In UTSA's 4-2-5 defensive scheme, both linebackers need to be able to turn, run, and cover on a moment's notice. The coaches have said that the OLB spot, aka "Hawk" backer, is interchangeable and one in the same with the "Dawg" safety position.
Speed and athleticism is the key for the position and it comes as no surprise at all that Taylor Holmes of Cypress Woods High School is being recruited as an OLB. Holmes is a 6'2" 205lb prospect that has the speed and quicks to line up in the slot or drop into the flats on coverage or passing situations.
He has good height and does not shy away from making contact and making plays at the line of scrimmage. Off the edge he uses his quickness to penetrate the backfield and be disruptive.
Holmes reports a 40 time near 4.7 and has the extra gear to pursue ball carriers. His frame and height are extra bonuses. He can afford to add an easy 10-15lbs for the next level and with his skills it's easy to see why programs like SMU, Vanderbilt, TCU, Duke, and UTSA have all shown early interest.
The 'Runners were able to get Holmes on campus for a junior day visit recently and he was surprised.
"I loved the campus and everything. It was very welcoming. The coaches were very welcoming too," said Holmes.
Prior to his visit he hadn't been on the 1604 Hacienda.
"I didn't really know much about it (UTSA). I was surprised that they showed real interest. I talked to the coaches and they advised me to show up to their camp in June," said Holmes.
Holmes did not leave Roadrunner country with an offer, but the visit put UTSA up towards the top. Another visit and a camp attendance are future possibilities. Until then, Holmes will continue to work on getting bigger and stronger as his senior season approaches.
It's only a matter of time before Holmes will land his first offer. As of now, once he has choices, look for him to have a decision done before the start of his senior year so he can be done with it and focus on his last high school go around.