Perseverance Paying Off For Holmes

2017 Cerritos RB Kisahawn Holmes (5-10, 195) is one of the top returning JUCO tailbacks in the country and he recently received his first offer. He updated JCFootball.com recently on where things stand on the recruiting front and why he ended up going the JC-route out of high school...

"I just got an offer from Texas-San Antonio," Holmes said. "They had been talking to me for a little while apparently, but here at Cerritos, the coaches want us to focus on the team and stuff, so they handle a lot of that stuff and will let us know when we need to know.

"The only reason I heard about UTSA was because they know an old coach of mine and he said they told him they offered me."

In addition to the Roadrunners, Holmes has been hearing from a plethora of other schools.

"TCUUCLAArizona StateAkronSan Diego StateTexas TechNC StateUSCUTEPUNLVBoise State and a bunch of other schools are all sending me stuff and have been talking to my coaches," Holmes said. "I headed up to a camp (last) Sunday that had coaches from ArizonaTexas A&M and Boise State, so I got a chance to visit those coaches for a little bit too and I'm planning on going to Oregon's camp and may end up hitting USC's camp too, so those are other possibilities."

As a freshman last season, Holmes led the way for Cerritos' ground attack, finishing with 968 yards and nine touchdowns.

"I'm a lot like Tavon Austin when he was at West Virginia," Holmes said. "You can put me in the slot or in the backfield or outside at wide receiver or send me in motion. Just get the ball in my hands and I will make a play. That's what I do the best -- I just make plays with the ball in my hands.

"They needed me as a tailback more last season, but this year, I'll do a lot more and be in a lot of different spots on every play, so I'll get the ball in a lot of different ways."

As a prep, Holmes had an outstanding career at Vista Murrieta (Ca.) High School and he was being heavily recruited by lots of schools from the Pac 12 and Big 12, but midway through his senior season, his plans were derailed when he was accused of rape.

"All of these charges and stuff were coming out against me and all of them were dropped, but no one wanted to report on that stuff," Holmes said. "I had all of these schools after me and all of these offers, but when that came up and I had to go to court and miss most of my senior season, it just sorta made it hard for me.

"The thing is, all of the charges were false. They were all dropped shortly after the first hearing because they were false, but no one ever reported on that stuff. They only reported on the allegations and not that all of the charges were false.

"After my senior year, I sorta just gave up on football because a big reason I was accused of this was because I was a sports star at my school and I just didn't want to have anything to do with it anymore, so I sat out the (2014) season and just thought I'd get a job and start working, but I really missed it and I talked to the Cerritos coaches and they were really welcoming to me and said I could fit into their offense perfectly, so I gave it another shot and I'm glad I did because I feel like I was blessed with this ability to play ball and I can do good things from being involved in football again."

Holmes is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2016 football season.

JCFootball.com will have more from Holmes in the coming weeks and months as he gets closer to the start of his sophomore season and we will update news on him as it happens.

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