Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 179 pounds
Hometown/High School: Cocoa, Florida (Cocoa H.S.)
Ranking: ★★★★ (0.9211 247Sports Composite — No. 207 overall)
Notable Offers: Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee
Florida native Caziah Holmes received an offer from Penn State on February 24. Due to his relationship with running baks coach JaJuan Seider, the Nittany Lions immediately became a factor in his recruitment.
Holmes took an official visit to campus the weekend of June 14th. On the visit, Holmes was blown away by James Franklin and company. Following the visit, the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions started to pour in for the Nittany Lions.
However, Penn State had to survive two more visits. The weekend after his OV to Happy Valley, Holmes took one to Tennessee. Then the last weekend of July, he unofficially visit Florida State who had long been viewed as the main contender. Neither of these visits could sway him, and he chose the Nittany Lions.
By landing Holmes, Penn State continues their elite running back recruiting. Dating back to 2015, the Nittany Lions have landed two five-star running backs and — with the addition of Holmes — four four-star running backs. That’s elite, folks.
Additionally, they appear to be the favorites to land fellow four-star Florida running back Keyvone Lee later this month. The Nittany Lions are also in a good place for four-star New Jersey running back Jalen Berger. Like I said, elite running back crootin’ folks.
Holmes is one of the fastest high school players in the country, as he ran a 4.49 laser-timed forty back in February. To no surprise, he’s a track star as well with a PR of 10.79 seconds in the 100M dash.
While Holmes is expected to be a running back for Penn State, he’s a versatile enough athlete to help the Nittany Lions in more ways than one. At 5-foot-11, 179 pounds, he has the frame and pass catching ability to play some slot wide receiver, and should just end up being a do-it-all weapon that Penn State finds ways to get the ball to.