OCC's Holmesly is a lock-down corner

One of the better lockdown corners in the state of California this year is Orange Coast College CB Chris Holmesly (5-10, 185). He's had an excellent spring and it's paid off with interest coming from several Mountain West schools as well as a couple of BCS programs. JCFootball.com spoke with him recently and here's what he had to say…

"I thought I had a pretty good spring," Holmesly told JCFootball.com. "With a guy like Shaun (Mohler) here, he just makes you work harder and he inspires you because he's getting all this attention and you want to be getting that attention as well.

"I think I did pretty well at the Citrus combine last month. I had a 4.5 forty time and jumped 34-inches on the vertical, but I really felt I did well in the one-on-ones. There were some really good receivers there and I felt like I held up well and didn't give up anything to anyone."

Holmesly prepped at Mission Viejo High School and he was recruited by San Jose State and New Mexico State his senior season.

"I was a predictor, but I just didn't get my grades to the point of where I could qualify," Holmesly said. "They were patient with me, but it just didn't happen so I decided to come here because of the staff and how good they are at getting guys moved on."

With his academics in order, Holmesly has set his sights on getting a full-ride to a D-1 school and he's well on his way to achieving that goal as well.

"Colorado, San Jose State, Wyoming and Utah have been on me the most," Holmesly said. "I talked to the Arizona State coach the other day and he said he's really interested in me and that they would be recruiting me this fall.

"Most of the schools are looking at me as a guy they want to see a little more of, but San Jose State and Wyoming have both said they are probably going to offer me pretty soon."

Holmesly had a solid freshman campaign for the Pirates in 2006, posting 37 tackles and four interceptions as a starter at corner.

"I feel I'm a lockdown corner," Holmesly said. "I'm really physical and I like to just get up on guys and go at it with them.

"My strength (315 bench) is really what helps me be physical and my quickness allows me to break on passes and at least get there to knock it away, although I would rather pick it off and give it back to our offense."

Because he expects to graduate in December, Holmesly said he's already started to think about what he's looking for in the college he ultimately ends up committing to.

"Playing time will be a big thing for me," Holmesly admitted. "I'll want to go in and play pretty quickly or at least have a shot to compete for a spot. I know they won't just hand me anything, but I want a legit shot at competing."

Wherever he ends up, Holmesly will have three years to play two at the next level.

We'll have more from this playmaking defensive back as the summer moves along.

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