By Andrew Gorringe
Wide receiver Gavin Holmes from Northwest High School in Justin, TX is one of the fastest rising wide receiver prospects of the past couple months, as he’s seen his offer list and interest level grow exponentially. “The recruiting process so far has been good. It really is just now starting to pick up for me, and it’s just really great to see that all my hard work is finally paying off,” Holmes said. Holmes is now up to 11 offers, with the latest coming from BYU, Nevada, Ohio, Wyoming and Utah. In addition, Holmes has received new interest from the likes of Oregon, Cal, Texas Tech, Mississippi State, Colorado and Duke.
Holmes received his first offer from a power five school back in early April when wid receivers coach Guy Holliday from the University of Utah offered him, and Holmes had the opportunity to take an unofficial visit to the Utah campus shortly afterwards.
“Utah was awesome,” Holmes said. “They have a great staff and a great school in general. What really stuck out to me is how heavily they emphasized academics and how important it is. Coach Holliday is a great dude, and I love what they have going on up in Salt Lake City.” The Ute coaching putting an emphasis on academics really struck a chord with Holmes, as he says that is one of the most important factors in his decision on where to play college football. “Comfort, the relationship with the coaches, and getting a great education are really the most important factors for me. I want to go somewhere where not only will I be playing great football, but getting an education to match as well.”
With those list of factors, Holmes has one school that would be a “big” offer for him, but won’t let that effect his decision too much. “I don’t really have a school that I would immediately make a decision if they offered. Stanford would be a pretty big one for me, but I’ve learned through this process that it’s really just based on the best fit, and where I feel most at home.”
On the field, Holmes stands 5’11 tall and about 180 pounds, and recently ran a verified forty yard dash time of 4.43 seconds. As a junior, he caught 59 passes for 830 yards and 8 TD’s, while also rushing for 110 yards on just 10 carries. With his size and speed, Holmes looks like a prototypical slot receiver at the collegiate level.
As for where exactly he will be playing college football, that decision is up in the air, but Holmes would like to make a decision by June. Before then, Holmes plans on taking more unofficial visits, and possibly even after he makes his decision, but hasn’t set up any visits at this time.