Holmes Knows He's Almost There

While disappointed his senior season came to an early end, Michigan State pledge Gerald Holmes is ready for the next chapter of his life as a Spartan.

After a rough junior season Gerald Holmes looked forward to showing why Michigan State recruited him early in the process as a senior. Despite his season coming to an early end, Holmes feels he proved his point as to why the Spartans got onboard early.

"We lost in the playoffs but everything is going good," said Holmes. "I ended up with 94 carries for 1,023 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season. It felt great getting a chance to show everybody what I was really made of and see me in full throttle."

As the first member of the 2013 Spartans recruiting class, Holmes has tried to visit campus as much as possible.

"I've tried to go to every home game but missed a couple," said Holmes. "I should be down there again this Saturday and I'm getting excited knowing the next time I take the field I'll be there."

Despite his early pledge Holmes continues to stay in contact with the Spartans.

"Everything is going good as I talk with coach (Harlon) Barnett about once a week," said Holmes. "I can't wait to get down there. When we talk it's like a little check-up and just a casual talk. But I'm starting to introduce myself to the new recruits and know my official visit is coming up in December. So I'm ready for that."

One person Holmes hopes to have a chance to learn from is junior running back Le'Veon Bell.

"He's a great back and if he's still there and doesn't leave for the NFL he'll be able to mold me up," said Holmes. "So it would be exciting to get pointers from him and play beside him or behind him."

As for improvements he made this past season the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Holmes knows there were many.

"I feel I've improved on all aspects of my game," said Holmes. "My speed, vision and strength have all improved over the past year."

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