Desmond Holmes, ladies and gentlemen!
Hometown/High School: Springfield, PA/Cardinal O’Hara
Height/Weight: 6-foot-5, 299 pounds
Recruited By: Matt Limegrover
Starz 'n Sheetz
Maryland, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Temple, UCF
Desmond Holmes just recently popped up as an option on the recruiting front for the Nittany Lions, camping for the coaching staff on July 15. James Franklin and Matt Limegrover must have liked what they saw, as they offered Holmes about two weeks later. Once he received his offer, the in-state tackle scheduled a visit to Penn State for this weekend. While on his visit, he decided to make his verbal commitment to the program.
Holmes is ranked as the 15th best player in Pennsylvania, the 101st offensive tackle in the country, and the 1057th overall prospect in the country, according to 247Sports Composite. He becomes the 14th member of Penn State’s recruiting class, and joins C.J. Thorpe, Robert Martin, and Michael Miranda as the fourth offensive lineman in the class.
Personally speaking, I’m actually a little surprised Penn State decided to take a fourth offensive lineman (that isn’t a Top 250 level player) this early. While there will probably be attrition across the offensive line after the season, the Nittany Lions are currently set to have 17 scholarships along the offensive front. As you could probably deduce, that’s a lot of bodies.
Regardless, it’s clear that Franklin and company wanted a legitimate offensive tackle in this class. Although Martin might be able to play there too, he’s probably best suited for guard. So in come Holmes, who has the size and length you’d like to see as a bookend. He’s a big kid who knows how to play hard, but will need to drop some of his excess weight to help increase his quickness and overall athleticism.
After taking very strong offensive line classes in 2015 and 2016, depth is no longer a concern in the trenches, which will allow Holmes a redshirt season and beyond to adjust to the college game — both on the field and in the weight room.
Welcome to Penn State, Desmond!