"He just committed to NC State about 15 minutes ago," said Lackawanna head coach Mark Duda. "He told me to let everyone know that he's going to be a Wolfpacker.
"He really enjoyed his visit, and he loved the facilities down there. He's done, and he's ready to get back down there."
An All-Northeast Conference 1st team selection, Holmes tallied 44 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, and 11 sacks in 10 games. He also added two fumble recoveries, one blocked kick, and a safety.
For his efforts, Holmes was tabbed Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and 1st team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association. The defensive end was tabbed a 2nd team All-American by JC Grid-Wire.
"Physically I don't know if there's a better guy out there in the country," coach Duda said. "He just has to learn the system. He's such a good player though, and I think he's an impact guy."
Holmes had a couple of potential visits lined up, but NC State did a great job of swooping in and securing the verbal commitment.
"I think what happened is NC State got him on his first visit, there's a need there, and it was a perfect fit for him," said coach Duda. "He lives in Virginia so it's not too far and coach Petercuskie did a great job recruiting him.
"The plan was to take a visit to Georgia next and Florida State was showing a lot of interest too so I believe he was going to visit there after Georgia, but he's done now. Antoine is a kid that is so good you just knew he'd end up at a big-time ACC or SEC program."
"They are comparable because they work so hard, but Antoine is just physically so much more stronger," said Duda. "He's a dominant player, and this wasn't a shock about Antoine. He's on every All-American team in the country.
"Hopefully next year half of the Wolfpack's starting defensive line will have played for us here at Lackawanna."
Holmes projects as a full qualifier and will enroll at NC State this summer. The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder will have two years to play two seasons.
Pack Pride will have more on NC State's latest commitment in the near future so stay tuned!