Maryland Positioned Well with Prized Lineman

There are few recruiters in the Atlantic Coast Conference who can match Maryland's Dave Sollazzo when it comes to knowledge of the New York-New Jersey corridor. Sollazzo has landed his share of impact recruits from that region, and he appears to have the Terps in great shape with yet another in the form of highly sought Hoboken (N.J) lineman Isaac Holmes.

There are few recruiters in the Atlantic Coast Conference who can match Maryland's Dave Sollazzo when it comes to knowledge of the New York-New Jersey corridor. Sollazzo has landed his share of impact recruits from that region, and he appears to have the Terps in great shape with yet another in the form of highly sought Hoboken (N.J) lineman Isaac Holmes.
Holmes is a 6-foot-2, 290-pound defensive tackle who has more than 20 scholarship offers, including powers like Florida, Oklahoma and USC.
"I'm surprised by it, but I worked pretty hard to put myself in this position and so far everything is working out good for me," Holmes said.

Maryland appears to stand as good a chance as any of them.

"Actually, Maryland was the second school that offered me … Rutgers was the first," said Holmes, who will likely play defensive tackle but is rated as the No. 14 offensive guard in the nation. "Maryland would have to be in my top five and one of my very top schools."

Holmes is a former teammate and the cousin of current Maryland lineman Bearthur Johnson. Johnson has been trying to persuade him to join him there, but that's hardly the sole reason for his high interest level.

"Maryland was the first school to recruit me, when I was a freshman, Coach Sollazzo, when he was recruiting my cousin, showed a lot of interest in me as a player and he knew I was going to be a pretty good player," Holmes said. "Coach Sollazzo is a great guy and I get along with him really well, I can talk to him about anything. I feel like I've formed the best vibe with him [out of anyone] in the recruiting process so far."

Holmes has been to College Park three or four times and plans on returning in a week for camp. Even though he's already got an offer, Sollazzo asked him to come down and work on some technique along with his teammate and cousin Mike Douglass, another Maryland target, and Holmes obliged.

"I want to major in criminal justice and they have a great program. Plus it's right there by Washington, D.C.," he said. "I don't really want to sit out my true freshman year; I'd rather come in and contribute very early."

Given the lack of impact defensive tackles out there, it's safe to say he'd have a great job of doing exactly that. Holmes is an excellent athlete for his size – he plays catcher and first base on the baseball diamond, runs a 5.0 40-yard dash and has a vertical leap of 29 inches.


"My strength on the field is probably my explosiveness off the ball. I'm quick and powerful and I create a hectic force and get in the backfield quickly, things of that nature," he said.

Holmes originally was looking at a late summer decision, but with all of the recent interest, he may take it through the fall to decide. Still, he said there remains the possibility he'll go ahead and make the call later this summer. Either way, it seems reasonable to say Maryland has an excellent chance to land a much-needed blue-chipper for the middle of the defensive line.

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