Holmes: "I like OU big time"

Junior college defensive end Louis Holmes talks about his game, favorites and interest in Oklahoma.


Louis Holmes is a franchise defensive end prospect who is quite possibly the best defensive player in junior college football.

Holmes moved from Memphis, Tenn. to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. for his junior year, but quite frankly he has been on the move his entire football career.

He started as a freshman at Treadwell High in Memphis at linebacker and defensive end at 6-3 and 220 pounds. Then as sophomore, Holmes started at defensive end and linebacker again, but grew to 6-3 ½ and 235 pounds.

In Ft. Lauderdale, Holmes played at Dillard High School as a junior at defensive end and tight end. And as a senior, Holmes played both defensive end and tight end.

Holmes then left Dillard and went to Bridgton Academy in Bridgton, Maine for one year and went both ways at defensive end and tight end. From there, Holmes went to Scottsdale Community College where last year as a freshman as he finished with 102 tackles, 11 sacks, 14 pass pressures and one interception.

"I have enjoyed all the places that I have lived. It has been a great experience," said Holmes. "I have always tried to remain focused and I think I have been successful at that. Last year was a good year for me. I think I am on the right track."

Holmes can bench 380 pounds, squats 515 and he posted a 38-inch vertical jump. In high school, Holmes started in hoops, averaging 10 points per game, and Dillard won the state 6A state championship his senior year.

"Playing defensive end is a natural position for me to play," said Holmes. "It took me a little while to ease into the position in high school and I had some good coaching. Now, I think I am a natural defensive end and feel that is the best position for me. I am a balanced defensive end because I can stop the run pretty well and I am a good pass rusher. I want to become a great pass rusher and I think I have all the talent necessary to do just that."

Holmes has lost count on the number of schools who have offered him, but he knows it is over 20. He is also not in any hurry to narrow down his choices.

"I haven't narrowed my choices down at all," said Holmes. "I am still trying to find out information about all the schools. I want to find that one school that for me is different than all the rest. I am looking at USC, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arizona and Nebraska.

"I am looking at everybody that is recruiting me right now. I wouldn't really say that I have a top five because I like more schools than I just mentioned to you."

What are Holmes thoughts on Oklahoma?

"I like OU big time," said Holmes. "I watched them play USC in the National Championship game and I am interested in both of those schools. I want to take an official visit to OU and check them out and then go from there."

Holmes expects to graduate in December so that he can enroll at the D-1 school of his choice and go through spring football.

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