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For years, Rutgers has played with some undersized defensive linemen. This trend will look to change thanks to the 2009 recruiting class. The class first added some needed size with the commitment of 6'3"-330lb. Antwan Lowery. Today, Rutgers has added 6'3"-280lb. Isaac Holmes to the fold. SOR had the opportunity to talk to Coach Tagleri about the commitment of his latest star.

Isaac Holmes was easily one of the most heavily recruited players in the state of New Jersey with a list of offers that included such schools as Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma, Miami, Maryland, Penn State, Michigan, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. In the end, Holmes decided to stay home to play for Greg Schiano and the Scarlet Knights. SOR spoke to his high school coach Lou Tagleri about the commitment.

"He felt very comfortable around the campus and the players. Coach Kyle Flood did a great job. I have had some great players and I finally got the monkey off my back with one of my players going to Rutgers"

Coach Tagleri feels that Holmes might have an opportunity to compete for a starting position as a true freshman.

"He (Holmes) might be able to step in and play right away. He is very quick off the ball and a smart football player. He runs in the high fours, probably 4.9 or 4.95...It is a great starting point with Lowery and Holmes. With those guys you have two of the top 50 defensive linemen in the country. With the Foster kid, they had to put weight on him, but both of these guys are already 300lbs".

It is obvious that Holmes will man one of the defensive tackle positions but the question is which one.

"I think he will be a 1 technique". Coach Tagleri felt this might be a case due to Holmes' stature and his ability to take on the double teams. For his four year high school career, he played in the 4-3 scheme and played both (the 1- and 3-technique positions). Therefore, he will likely not have a problem quickly adapting to either spot. Now boasting a pair of impressive specimens on the defensive side of the ball, in Lowery and Holmes, Rutgers fans have to hope that their development is quick and a successful one.


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