Interview: Santonio Holmes

I caught up with Reggie Wayne .. I mean Santonio Holmes .. last night.

The reason I mentioned Wayne is because he and Holmes are exactly the same type of player in my opinion. Holmes checked in at Pitt's camp a few weeks ago at 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds. He ran a 4.55 electronically. At that same age, Wayne was very similar. In fact, at the NFL combine, Wayne was 5-11 3/4 and 194 and ran a 4.55 in front of scouts at UM's workout.

This Glades Central standout is one of the best route-runners I have ever watched at the high school level. The combination of his hands, leaping ability (37 inch vertical at Pitt), and route-running make him a superb prospect. I dont care about the 4.55 speed. He's fast enough and at 17, he's going to get stronger on his 180 frame. So when he's at 190 in two years, he'll probably be a legit 4.50 kid.

Despite never playing a down of his senior year in highschool yet, Holmes already runs better routes than some current Hurricanes such as Andre Johnson, Kevin Beard, and Jason Geathers.

Your current core GPA: I have a 3.3 overall.

Your current test score: I scored a 15 on the ACT for my first try (editor's note: Holmes has already passed both sections of the HSCT)

Which schools have sent you scholarship offers in writing: I have nine of them - Illinois, Pitt, Rutgers, N.C. State, LSU, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia Tech, and Michigan State.

What about the in-state schools: Miami called me in May, Coach Chudzinski. They send me letters all the time. Florida State has showed no interest yet. Florida showed a little.

What's Miami talking about: Well, I'm very surprised they haven't offered me yet. That's the one school I was hoping would offer me. And also Ohio State. Those are my top two if they offer.

If signing day were tomorrow and you didn't have those offers, what's it looking like: N.C. State, Pitt, or LSU.

What if Miami and Ohio State offered and signing day were tomorrow: I'd probably sign with Miami.

To be honest, I dont know why UM has not offered Holmes yet. Obviously, they have their reasons. But I personally think he's a big time kid. He averaged 31.6 yards per catch last season for the state champs, and he says he wants to increase that this year. At this age, he's a mirror image of Reggie Wayne, who became UM's all-time leading receiver and was a first round draft pick. I don't think it'll be too much longer before he's offered.

Either way, UM is doing incredibly well at wide receiver. Four of the state's five best in my opinion (Aromashodu, Moore, Holmes, and Jenkins) have indicated that Miami is their current favorite.

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