He was fast.
Last month Holmes proved that much in LSU’s own front yard, running a 46.3 – the nation’s best time – in the 400 meters at the state track meet.
“I was running in the mid 47s all season, but that day I told myself to turn it up,” Holmes recalled. “I cleaned a second-and-a-half off my time, and I took home the title. It was a great day for me.”
Regardless of his speed on the track, Holmes has already laid out his priorities for the next level.
“Football is what I care about most,” he said. “If I somehow did both in college, it would always be football first and then running track second. It’s what I love.”
Fresh off a visit to TCU, Holmes kept his recruitment process rolling with another strong showing.
“Over at TCU I ran a 4.3 (40-yard dash), jumped 37” in the vertical, and ran a 4.05 shuttle,” he said. “Then I got in for the one-on-one and 7-on-7 drills and I didn’t drop a single ball. The coaches were impressed, and at the end of camp they offered me.
“When I got to LSU, I felt like I performed just as well. I left there on a great note. I spoke with coach Frank (Wilson) and he told me that we would talk in the next couple of days. I have been invited back for the July camp, and I get the feeling that an offer is almost in my hands. If I perform well, then I think it’s there for me.”
Holmes was put through the wringer by the staff, a 48-hour window that gave the LSU coaches a pair of afternoons to get to know the rising senior inside and out.
“They wanted to see everything,” Holmes said. “They wanted to see my abilities to catch the ball, and my route running and quick feet. They looked for me to not round of routes, but to make sharp cuts, which can be hard when you have lots of speed.
“I felt like I showed them some good eye vision, especially when looking the ball in. I also showed off my leaping ability. All in all it was a pretty good couple of days. I know they were impressed.”
“I am a person who wants to look at everything,” he said. “I am not the type who commits to one school right away. A school that might fit me better could always come along, so I want to play things slowly right now.”