NC State hosted one of the top junior college players in the nation this past weekend when defensive end Antoine Holmes from Lackawanna Junior College in Scranton, Pa made an official visit to NC State. Lackawanna has been kind to the Wolfpack in the past, yielding current Pack players Garrett Kline and Littleton Wright. Pack Pride recently caught up with Falcon's head coach Mark Duda for the lowdown on the latest prospect from his program to earn interest from NC State.
A two year starter for Lackawanna, Holmes had a breakout season in 2006. On the year, he tallied 44 total tackles but was a major disruptive force in the offensive backfield. In all, Holmes collected 17 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as well as two fumble recoveries, one blocked kick and a safety. That effort was enough to land Holmes conference defensive player of the year honors. He was also recognized as a first team all-american by the NJCAA and a JC Gridwire second team all-american. Although he has received scant coverage from recruiting analysts, Duda told Pack Pride that Holmes has the potential to become a major contributor in college.
"Antoine was an all-american player for us that was just phenomenal," said Duda. "He's 6-3, 270 pounds and is a sub-4.7 (seconds in the 40) guy. He played defensive end for us but I could see him playing defensive tackle in college. Antoine is just a real incredible physical specimen. When you see him he just looks like a freak of nature. He was a converted fullback so you know he can run.
"Florida State and Georgia have been showing interest and they're next in line (to get a visit). But to be honest, I wouldn't mind if Antoine went to State because we've got two guys down there already and I know they'd take care of him. The old staff at State was going to recruit him but the new staff came in and got involved and really didn't miss a beat."
According to Duda, Holmes will have two years of football eligibility remaining and would enroll in college this summer.
Stay tuned as Pack Pride hopes to have feedback on Holmes' visit to NC State in the near future.