Holmes Makes A Switch

One thing is clear with new Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, he wants speed at the wide receiver position. That quest led him to a state champion speed athlete from perennial powerhouse Southlake Carroll. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop has the details on Texas A&M's newest wide receiver commit.

While the Texas A&M offense in 2011 was stacked with high caliber talent across the board, the unit struggled at times against top defenses. The issue was a lack of breakaway speed at the receiver position. New head coach Kevin Sumlin has quickly recognized this deficiency at the wide receiver position and has cast a net over the state looking for speed athletes that can catch the ball in his high-powered offensive system. That net caught another fish on Sunday when Southlake Carroll WR/DB Sabian Holmes announced that he had switched his commitment from the Baylor Bears to the Aggies.

"Yes, I committed to A&M tonight," Holmes said. "Coach Beaty (WR coach) offered me on Monday and after talking it over with my dad we agreed it was a good fit for me so I called him back tonight and committed."

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound athlete starred for the state champion Dragons playing on both sides of the ball. In fact, Baylor liked Holmes on the defensive side of the ball despite racking up 1275 yards on 85 catches and 15 touchdowns. It was his playmaking, route running, and his 4.46 speed that caught the attention of the new Aggie staff.

"Coach Beaty said they liked my speed and shiftiness, and the ability to get open downfield," Holmes said. "I still feel I can get better in all aspects of my game, but I do need to put on more weight."

The process occurred so quickly that the Southlake native hasn't even spoken to Coach Sumlin, but that will change next weekend when he heads to College Station for his official visit. It's a huge recruiting weekend for the Aggies, and Holmes will have a chance to meet not only the coaching staff but the players and recruits as well.

"I'm still in shock. It happened so quickly. I met Bralon Addison in the championship game, but that's about the only player in the class I know," Holmes said. "So I'm looking forward to meeting my future teammates and getting to know Coach Sumlin and his staff."

Holmes' recruitment started picking up midway through his senior season when he committed to the Bears in October, but his stock has risen since his championship run. Several major BCS schools besides Texas A&M were showing serious interest in the speed athlete.

"I really didn't go to all of those camps and combines as a junior so my name wasn't out there," Holmes said. "Once the season started and coaches saw me play, my recruitment picked up. Besides A&M, Stanford and Pittsburgh inquired about my availability and wanted to recruit me."

Holmes is the son of former Texas Longhorn defensive back Tony Holmes, and his dad is also an assistant coach at Southlake Carroll. According to Sabian, his dad played a significant role in his decision. While dad may have snuck in a few Aggie jokes this week, he's fully supportive of his son attending the school that was his rival during his playing days.

"He's joked about it, but he's been very supportive and feels A&M is a good fit and a good opportunity for me," Holmes said. "I'm getting an opportunity to play receiver in a great offense at a school with a rich history in football. Finally, it gives me a chance to compete with the best in the SEC. I'm excited to be an Aggie."

Holmes stated that the offensive staff plans to use him in the slot as an inside receiver to take advantage of his quickness. Despite decommitting from Baylor, the Bears have indicated they plan to continue recruiting Holmes in hopes of getting him back in the green and gold fold. As of now, the newsest Aggie says he's comfortable with his new school and doesn't plan to go anywhere.

"This (A&M) is where I want to be. It is a great fit for me," Holmes said. "This ends the recruiting process for me."

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