Denton (Texas) 2015 defensive lineman Dailon Holmes didn't have to travel far to check out a spring scrimmage of the college program that issued him his first offer.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Holmes told Scout.com that he was among a group of prospects who watched the North Texas scrimmage Saturday at Apogee Stadium. Also in the contingent was Mesquite (Texas) Poteet outside linebacker Malik Jefferson, a five-star prospect rated by Scout.com as the No. 1 overall recruit in the state's 2015 class and the No. 2 player in the country.
Holmes, who got his North Texas offer in late February, said he spent some time with North Texas defensive line coach Kevin Patrick, a recent hire who spent the last six seasons coaching the defensive front at South Florida, where he coached NFL players Jason Pierre-Paul, George Selvie, and Terrell McClain.
"I went to the UNT scrimmage today and had a great convo with the D-line coach," Holmes said. "He was telling me how nice the facility is, how they treat their players, and how their academics are."
Holmes said they did not discuss which position the Mean Green wants Holmes to play. He's an odd-front end for Denton, but could probably play the end in North Texas' even front or add weight and slide inside to the 3-technique position.
Holmes is strong at the point of attack and uses his hands well. He told Scout.com soon after his offer arrived that he's more comfortable as an inside pass-rusher than an edge guy, which makes sense as a 3-4 player despite wearing the end label for Denton.
Defensive line was a strength for North Texas in 2013, when the Mean Green went 9-4 and won the Heart Of Dallas Bowl. Head coach Dan McCarney was the defensive line coach of the 2008 Florida national championship team, so players who sign with the Mean Green as defensive line prospects enter a program that places a high priority on having plenty of quality players to rotate across the front.
Holmes is still looking for his second offer, but the hometown Mean Green could be a serious contender for his services. Holmes confirmed that he's competing at the Nike Football Training Camp in Irving on April 5. A strong performance would help him gain more recognition in the eyes' of recruiters and scouts.