Junior Recruiting: South Oak Cliff's Lendy Holmes

As we turn our attention to next year's top senior-to-be prospects, a name to keep an eye on is <B>Lendy Holmes</b> of Dallas South Oak Cliff. Coach <B>J.B. Wallace</b> said of the 6-2, 185-pounds Holmes, "He'll be one of the top recruits in the state."

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Projecting what position Lendy Holmes will play at on the next level isn't as easy as you might think. In fact, the kid fits the "athlete" tag as well as anyone.

"Last year, he was basically all over the field as a sophomore," Wallace told IT, "but he played a lot of QB more than anything else. This year (junior season) we moved him to wide receiver and running back to start the season and played him at FS on the defense. We moved him to CB towards the end of the year and he just looked like a natural at that position. He collected four INTs in four games as a corner. Next year (senior season), we'll probably move him back to QB. This guy is a gifted athlete, let me tell you. He was involved directly and indirectly in most everything we did."

Although Holmes was moved all over the field, he led his district as a receiver catching 40 passes for 500-600 yards with 9-10 TDs. He also rushed for over 200 yards. With 4.35/4.4 jets, his coach said "he's tough to catch."

"He also returns punts and kicks and was on both the kick and punt (coverage) teams," Wallace said. "He didn't ever leave the field. We'd give him a break from time to time to catch his breath and then we'd throw him back out there."

Kid must be in great shape.

"He's always doing something," said the South Oak Cliff head coach. "He plays basketball during the fall and he plays for the Select (summer league) basketball team during the summer. I thought his freshman and a sophomore year he was going to go to college on a basketball scholarship because he was getting letters from everyone about basketball and still is. But he said at the beginning of this season, 'Coach, I want to go to college and play football.'"

Wallace added, "And then he runs track too. He runs the 200-meter around 21 seconds (placing 3rd in the state track meet as a soph.), sprint relay and the mile relay (where he anchored his team to a 3rd or 4th place finish in the state track meet as a soph.) After that and basketball is done he competes in 7-on-7 tournament in football."

Holmes, who tripped to Austin for the Horns' 50-20 spanking of A&M on the day after Thanksgiving, is a tremendous athlete, no doubt. Long, rangy kid and his coach said he's always been one year ahead of everyone else.

"You know how some kids catch up the next year?" Wallace asked rhetorically. "With Lendy, no one ever does. And he works and works on film. He's always studying the game film. Makes good grades, good student and a great kid. He's already been working on his qualifying ACT and SAT scores."

Look for Holmes to become a shut down corner, free safety and/or wide receiver on the next level. And keep an eye on him because he'll be one to follow throughout next year's class.

We'll have more on Holmes, including his early school leanings, in this week's edition of the Inside Scoop.

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