Incoming Spartan: Gerald Holmes

Spartan signee running back Gerald Holmes talks about getting ready to report to Michigan State and how he's looking to fill the void left by Le'Veon Bell in our final update on the with the Flint (Mich.) Carman-Ainsworth product.

Much has changed since Gerald Holmes became the first verbal pledge in Michigan State's 2013 recruiting class.

While Holmes looked forward to learning from standout running back Le'Veon Bell, he now sees an opportunity to fill the void left by the former Spartans running back.

"I report on June 30th," said Holmes. "I'm real excited to compete for the starting job and feel I can get it if I just go out there and work.

"Knowing Le'Veon is gone does motivate me. If he would have stayed it would have been great to learn from one of the best. But with him gone, it's great motivation to fill his shoes when I get there and that is something big I've got coming."

As each day passes Holmes knows life is about to change. How have things gone over the past few months?

"It has actually been very smooth," said Holmes. "Everything is falling in place and I've been hanging out in the gym and hanging out with friends. But things are going great and I'm looking forward to a new life now."

Last fall saw Holmes play with a chip on his shoulder after missing his junior season. Is that chip still sitting there as he looks to proven any doubters wrong about his abilities?

"I believe I still have something to prove when it comes to the level of competition," said Holmes. "Just showing everybody what I can do at the next level of football is important."

With his roommate already assigned Holmes knows soon he'll be part of a new family.

"Me and R.J. Shelton will be rooming together," said Holmes. "We've been getting pretty close but to be honest, I've not really talked much with the others since we had a big meeting at the spring game. We've all kind of gone our separate ways as we're getting ready for this new life and the level of competition we'll have to face."

One thing Holmes and the new Spartans will soon learn is if their work prior to reporting has them ready for strength and conditioning Coach Ken Mannie's summer program. Does Holmes feel ready to tackle Mannie's summer grind?

"I'm ready, but I'm not ready," stated Holmes. "It is something new but I feel I'll be ready once I get there."

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