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PA Offensive Tackle Desmond Holmes Finds A Home At Penn State

The big man from Philadelphia camped with the Nittany Lions in July and earned an offer. He visited Happy Valley Saturday and committed Sunday.

Penn State's recent recruiting haul continued Sunday, when Pennsylvania offensive tackle Desmond Holmes committed to the Nittany Lions. He made his announcement via Twitter.

Holmes attended Penn State's Whiteout Camp in July, working out as an offensive tackle. He earned an offer off of his performance. 

He visited Happy Valley Saturday, and to the surprise of nobody committed on Sunday. He is the fourth offensive linemen in the class but is the first who projects as a pure tackle at the college level.

"I felt such a family feeling there — the type of feeling I get when I am around my family,” Holmes told's Patrick Loney. "Everything the coaching staff preached is something I wanted to learn from and take a part in. I wanted to be apart of Penn State football. Happy Valley felt like home to me."

Holmes is considered something of a late bloomer. His other offers were from Maryland, Pitt, Syracuse, Temple and UCF.

But even if other heavy-hitting schools come calling between now and Signing Day, he said he will remain firm with the Lions.

"My visiting days are over with,” Holmes told Loney. "Any visit I take, it will be Happy Valley. I am completely shutting down my recruitment."

He got a great vibe from the PSU staff when he informed them of his commitment.

"The entire coaching staff was really excited when I told them I was coming to Penn State,” he told Loney.


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