Cougs offer explosive Oregon DE

A NUMBER OF d-end recruits just finishing up their junior year of high school are fast, but not always big. Down in the state of Oregon, one such prospect who fits both those criteria holds a WSU offer. His prep coach says he's explosive and fast, and the track and field times back that up. After all, how many 245-pounders are out there clocking record breaking times in the 110m hurdles?

Tyrone Holmes (6-4, 245) out of Eagle Point, Oregon, a town of about 9,000 about 40 miles from the California/Oregon Border, holds offers from Washington State and Oregon State.

"What Oregon State liked, and Washington State as well, what they really, really liked about him was his speed," said Eagle Point coach Jacob Schauffler. "He's a fast, fast kid at 245 pounds."

Indeed, in the 110-m, Holmes holds the second fastest time in the state in the 5A Class this year, a 15.14. His personal best, electronically timed, is a scorching 14.9. In the shot, he's thrown 52-5, fourth best in 5A this year, and has a 138- 7 toss in the discus, which ranks in the top ten.

Holmes is also one of those ever rarer three sport stars as a high schooler -- he's been a starter on the hoops team since he was a freshman. Out on the gridiron, he's become a rock solid presence, said Schauffler, and he hasn't come close to what he can be physically.

"You see him without pads and it's almost ho-hum, but when you watch him do it on the field, he's just good at everything, not great at one particular thing, but really, really good at everything. At 245 pounds, he's extremely explosive. He's a really well rounded athlete… extremely fast and extremely explosive," said Schauffler.

What also helped land him a WSU offer was that he did his best work against some of the best the state had to offer.

"Against Marist, he had his best game against them… as the year went on he really started to come into his own," said Schauffler.

As a junior, Holmes had 37 total tackles, 7 TFL with 3 ½ sacks and 5 batted balls.

SCHAUFFLER SAID HOLMES plans to get out to a few school camps this summer and to see campus, with Washington State being one of them.

Washington State and Oregon State both like him as a defensive end. Some schools have talked about him playing the offensive line but DE looks to be his calling at the next level.

"The way he runs," Schauffler whistled. "He can really, really run, sideline to sideline."

IN ADDITION TO the offers from WSU and OSU, he's seeing interest from Cal, Stanford, UW, BSU and others. He carries a 3.85 GPA and hard work is part of his DNA, said Schauffler.

"It's been asked by every coach, and he's a very strong character type of kid. Where he goes to school, I think he wants the tight bond to be there and to feel the connection…a family type of connection will be important to him. I do think he might end up in the Northwest, because he's very close with his family and it would be nice to be able to come home and for them to come see him," said Schauffler.

Schauffler said Holmes isn't looking to make a quick decision and will take his time. When Holmes began high school, he hoped his basketball skills would eventually develop to the point he could get some college looks -- he never thought it would end up being football that would do that, and to the tune of two early Pac-12 offers, no less. Schauffler also said Holmes grew up a Beaver fan but Schauffler said that won't play a role in his decision.

"I think he'll take some time with it, last week has been a whirlwind with everything going on. I think he'll just be looking for his best offer and take some time to decide on all of it," said Schauffler.

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