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Meet the 2020 Class: RB Caziah Holmes

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BSD’s recruiting staff sat down for a roundtable on each prospect Penn State signed in the 2020 class. Coming in at No. 5 was four-star RB Caziah Holmes.


What makes you excited about Caziah Holmes?

“Holmes has just gotten better and better throughout his high school career. He was asked to play defensive back early on and struggled. He then moved to a wildcat QB where his playmaking skills shone through. He finally moved to running back to finish his career and it was obvious that he should’ve done so sooner. Holmes is elusive, he gets in and out of holes quickly, and he has a pretty decent high gear.” --Clay

What worries you about Caziah Holmes?

“Is he a running back? There was a spirited discussion in the BSD slack when Holmes committed because I said his film reminded me more of a slot wide receiver than a running back. Although his senior film has alleviated some of my concerns, I still don’t think he’s a pure running back. Which sure, is fine, but that puts a lot of onus on the coaching staff to utilize Holmes in different ways — i.e. as a true all-purpose back. Can they do that? Because the *idea* behind an all-purpose back is easier than the actual implementation of it.” --Patrick

Do you think Caziah Holmes will be redshirted next season? Around what point of his career do you think he pushes for meaningful playing time?

“I expect Holmes to see the field right away in the fall. He is one of the fastest players in the country and can impact the game at running back, as a slot receiver, and in the return game. Holmes is an electric playmaker who can score any time he touches the ball and is too talented to keep off the field.” --Marty

What is your projection for Caziah Holmes: depth provider, starter, multi-year starter, all-conference, all-american?

Clay: Starter. It’s hard for me to project anyone as a multi-year starter at running back given the depth there, though Holmes certainly has the talent.

Marty: Multi-year starter, potentially an all-conference player.

Patrick: Starter.

Lastly, where do you have Caziah Holmes ranked in Penn State’s class?

Clay: 5th
Marty: 3rd
Patrick: 9th