Holmes Headed to NC State

Lackawanna (PA) Junior College defensive lineman Antoine Holmes has committed to NC State. Holmes, a consensus All-American, projects as a defensive end on the next level.

Lackawanna (PA) Junior College defensive end Antoine Holmes has committed to NC State.

"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."

Duda has two other players already in Raleigh in offensive tackle Garrett Kline and defensive end Littleton Wright. How does Holmes compare to Wright?

"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!

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