JC corner looking to make the grade

ONLY ONE CORNERBACK appears on the 2006 Football Letter of Intent list for Oregon State among 30 names. The Beavs, however, could be in the market for more before fall camp arrives. Ja'Vonte Holmes out of College of the Canyons is in the midst of finishing up his AA degree and deciding which Pac-10 school he wants to continue his football career at in 2006.

Holmes (6-0, 175) has offers from Oregon State and Arizona State, but says everything is dependant on receiving his AA degree this spring.

"I'm undecided right now on where I'm going to go," said Holmes. "I still have four more classes to take care of here. I should be finished up this spring."

Holmes was considered to be in the upper echelon of junior college cornerbacks in the 2006 class. He was expected to sign with Oregon State and Hawaii at various points last season but academic concerns have apparently precluded him from signing a LOI to this point.

Holmes said ASU is his leader right now, with fellow defensive backs Justin Tryon and Troy Nolan's pending arrival in Tempe as one reason he'd like to head to the desert. Holmes also listed USC and others that still hold interest for him. COC linebacker Joey LaRocque signed with Oregon State.

"The Pac-10, I think schools know I'm still interested, I'm just taking care of my academic business right now," said Holmes.

ON A VERY deep COC secondary in 2005, Holmes led the team in interceptions, pass breakups, and also in total return yardage this past season.

Along with 28 tackles (25 solo), the defensive back snared seven INTS and broke up 11 passes.

Holmes had 534 total return yards, with 199 on kickoffs and 335 yards on punts. He runs a 4.4 and had plenty of shifty moves in high school as a receiver and running back.

In his prep days, Holmes was first team all-CIF Southern Section at Palmdale High.

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