2014 DE Holmes Talks Maryland

2014 defensive end Jalyn Holmes has offer from Terps and hopes to take a visit soon.

Jalyn Holmes hasn't even been through half of his junior year at Lake Taylor High School, but with the amount of offers he has received thus far, the four-star recruit is already spoiled for choice. Given multitude of options available, Holmes is making sure to remain as open minded as possible.

“Right now I got 13 offers and everybody is the same,” Holmes said.

The defensive end from Norfolk, Va. desires to look into all of the schools he has offers from, including Maryland, who had sent him an offer in June.

“I try to see all of the schools that offer me. I knew they (Maryland) had just beat Virginia,” Holmes said. “If they're on TV, I will watch them.”

In particular, Holmes appreciates the way the Terps get after the ball on defense; Maryland is ranked 10th in the nation in rush defense.

The 2014 prospect said that he has been in contact with Terps Assistant Coach Tom Brattan on multiple occasions during the summer and, most recently, at the beginning of this school year.

“He's a real nice guy,” Holmes said. “He's real smart, but he's a good person to talk to.”

Holmes has yet to take a visit to College Park. Since Lake Taylor has rescheduled all of their games to Saturdays, he is unable to visit any schools until the end of the season. However, Holmes saw the Maryland play in person in 2010 when he was visiting Virginia as a freshman. The Terps, who were coached by Ralph Friedgen at the time, beat the Cavaliers 42-23.

At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Holmes is already a physical force to be reckoned with. He looks up to Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers, which fitting due to the type of size he possesses for the position. Holmes has been working on his footwork over the off-season, and says that his ability to get to the ball quickly and make plays is what sets him apart from others.

“I think that's the best part of my game,” Holmes said. “Just coming at the ball fast, and hitting the quarterback.”

The Virginia standout also says that another one of his strengths is his team-first attitude, a mentality that has helped Lake Taylor to a 7-0 record.

“I get a sack, the whole team gets a sack, that's the type of person I am,” Holmes said.

Holmes visited Eastern Carolina and Clemson over the summer, and has also made unofficial visits Old Dominion, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

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