USAAAB: Jalyn Holmes

Norfolk (VA) Lake Taylor defensive end Jalyn Holmes was one of several Ohio State commits performing last week at the United States Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

Jalyn Holmes might not have been the most acclaimed Ohio State commit at last week's United States Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, but the Norfolk (VA) Lake Taylor defensive end certainly performed well.

Holmes, 6-foot-5, 240-pounds, looked quicker and far more explosive than he shows on tape, and was one of the top defensive linemen on the East squad.

"This was a great experience for me, especially meeting new people from all over the country," Holmes stated. "I love playing with these great players every day, and I was prepared to come here and play well from a mental standpoint."

The Ohio State commit might have been the top recruiter for the Buckeyes in San Antonio, and he was more than willing to try to get others to join him in Columbus.

"Ohio State was the best place for me and Coach (Mike) Vrabel is like family to me," he admitted. "I talk with him on Twitter every day since I got to San Antonio, and we go over the things these coaches are asking me to do. He played in the League, so he knows my position as well as anyone."

"I'm trying to do some recruiting down here, and I'm always talking to Erick Smith and Marshon Lattimore," Holmes continued. "I love Ohio State and I wish I was going in early next week like some of my dudes are. I will be there as soon as I graduate in June."

Even though the defensive line returns several contributors next season, Holmes is still planning on being on the field as a freshman.

"Coach Vrabel tells me I have the chance to be out there, and I can play the position Noah Spence plays, so I'd love to be his primary backup," Homes said. "Once I saw Ohio State last summer with my family, I knew it was the place for me, so I'm willing to redshirt if they want me to."

"I'm going to do whatever Coach (Urban) Meyer and Coach Vrabel tell me to do, so I look at myself as a team guy first," he continued. "These coaches have always been honest with me, and my family feels they have my best interests at heart."

Holmes started slowly the first few practices, but by the end of the week he was proving to be a handful for the offensive tackles trying to block him. Even with his height, he was able to play low and beat people to the outside using footspeed and quickness.


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