Live Evaluation: 2014 DE Jalyn Holmes

Live Evaluation: 2014 DE Jalyn Holmes

2014 Norfolk (Va). Lake Taylor defensive end Jalyn Holmes is one of the top junior prospects in the country. Last week, FOX Sports Next saw him in action and came away very impressed.

Prospect: Jalyn Holmes

Hometown: Norfolk, Va.

High School: Lake Taylor

Position: Defensive end/tight end

Size: 6-foot-5, 230-pounds

Class: 2014

Ranking: No. 13 defensive end, No.125 ranked player in the 2014 class.

Recruiting : Holmes has scholarship offers from Clemson, East Carolina, Illinois, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Old Dominion, State, Tennessee, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. He is also attracting serious interest from Alabama, Michigan, and South Carolina.

Live Evaluation came from Lake Taylor – Phoebus game on 11-23-12

Scouting Report : Lake Taylor completely overwhelmed Phoebus 54-0 to win their first Eastern District title in 30 years and Holmes played a big role in his team's success.

The four-star prospect is a long, fluid athlete. The Lake Taylor defensive end/tight end made several big plays. He caught the ball well on offense and also impressed me with his blocking ability. Holmes' blocking contributed to several of his team's big runs. While he was good on offense, he is a more natural defensive player. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Holmes fired off the ball and did a good job using his hands to shed defenders. Once he is free from the offensive lineman, Holmes is very good in pursuit. He runs very well, does nice a job playing under control, and takes good angles to the football.

Overall, Holmes is just scratching the surface of his potential. His blend of size, speed, and athleticism are rarely seen at the high school level. Holmes must continue to get stronger, add weight, and work on his technique. However, he is a prospect that wants to improve and is very coachable. At the college level, I expect Holmes to take full advantage of the school's strength and conditioning program and high quality coaching. Look for him to become a star on Saturdays and someone that could ultimately play on Sundays.

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