COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- One of the main offensive line recruits we took note of June 18 at Maryland’s Lineman Challenge was Cardinal O’Hara’s (Springfield, Pa.) Desmond Holmes, a 6-foot-5, 300-pounder with a Terps’ offer. UMD-area recruiter Anthony Tucker and O-line coach Dave Borbely extended the offer May 9, and Holmes had been eager to check out College Park, Md., ever since.
“I finally got down to Maryland for the camp, and it was great,” said Holmes, who also holds offers from Pitt, Syracuse and Temple. “It was great to learn from Coach Borbely and to get coached up from him all day. I was really comfortable around him, as well as the rest of the staff. Just being there with those guys and learning from them was great and made Maryland really stand out.”
The Pennsylvania product said he learned specific techniques from Borbely himself. Holmes said he’ll now be able to incorporate those moves into his own game.
“We were working on my hips, my pulling, run blocking, and just always being athletic and in attack mode,” Holmes said. “Coach Borbely, you can tell he’s a great coach and knows what he’s doing. He made me feel really comfortable. Then after the camp we were talking, and he said I did a good job and he’d love to have me back down there for a visit. And I’m definitely planning to do that in July.”
Holmes also mentioned that he introduced himself to head coach D.J. Durkin and offensive coordinator Walt Bell. The O’Hara product admitted, though, that the conversations weren’t long since both staffers were busy at the camp.
Holmes also didn’t receive a formal tour June 18, but he said he and his father rode around the campus.
“I thought it was great. It’s a great campus and a great college environment,” Holmes said. “I liked the buildings and all that. Overall, I’m just really glad I got down to Maryland, and they’re definitely one of my top schools. I'm excited to get back.”
Besides a return to UMD, Holmes wants to check out Syracuse and Pitt for the first time. He’s already been to Temple and counts the Owls as one of his standout suitors.
Holmes will also be camping at Penn State July 17 in hopes of drawing a Nittany Lions’ look.
“All the schools that have offered me are in touch, and all want me on campus,” Holmes said. “I can’t say one coach is pushing for me more than another right now. I stay in touch with Coach Tucker from Maryland every week, and he’s a great guy.”
The offensive lineman said he should be ready to choose his future destination by August. But if he’s not ready, Holmes might take an official or two before committing during his senior season.
“That’s where I’m at right now,” said Holmes, who also plays defense but whose major offers are all for offense. “I want to see how these next couple visits go and what schools I’m able to see.”