Kansas gets more help on D-line

The Kansas Jayhawks have done a great deal in recent weeks to help shore up the defensive line, by adding junior college talents Ty McKinney and Keon Stowers. Friday they added another piece to that particular puzzle, in the form of Sachse (TX) High defensive tackle Tyler Holmes.

Tyler Holmes confirmed his commitment to Kansas with Phog.net on Friday night.

As a senior during the 2011 season, the 6-foot-3, 280-pound tackle racked up 82 tackles, including 53 solo, a sack, two forced fumbles and one pass defended.

Saturday, Phog.net had a chance to speak with him about his decision.

Holmes was recruited by the previous staff under former head coach Turner Gill, first by wide receivers coach David Beaty and then of late by defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt, who was formally retained last week by Head Coach Charlie Weis.

While he developed a solid relationship with Wyatt – "Me and Coach Wyatt get along great. He's a great guy." – it was his official visit to Kansas that really sold him on the program.

Holmes visited the Lawrence, Kan. campus during the weekend of Dec. 2, during which time he had the chance to take in the basketball program's game versus South Florida. He loved the atmosphere and the city's night life, and had the chance to bond with host James Sims.

"He's a real cool guy," Holmes said. "He's a great guy. It'll be fun playing with him, we get along great, and I met some of the other defensive guys there."

Thursday, he had his first chance to speak with Weis on the phone, and decided the time was right to commit.

"He was excited," Holmes said. "He really wants a player like me. I'm not just an average, head-up type guy. I'm kind of agile and move side to side, and can get up the field. He wants me to come in and take somebody's job."

The Jayhawks need help along the defensive line, particularly at tackle, and at Kansas the big lineman sees a great early opportunity for himself.

Once he arrives in July, it will be time to get down to the business of improving himself as a player and becoming a factor in the rotation.

"I don't have doubts in myself," Holmes said. "I can go in there and take a starting job."

Though he currently weighs in the 280-pound range, he expects to put on muscle and play in the ballpark of 295-300 pounds.

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