Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes' crack staff of recruiters have finally added another key piece to the '14 class. Consensus four-star weak-side defensive end Jalyn Holmes, from Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk, Virginia, after a bit of a false start previously, has officially committed to Ohio State. For much of the last several months it was widely expected that Holmes would end up with Florida State.
The senior DE to be checks grades out as the 80th best player in the class of 2014 per the 247Composite Rankings. Holmes is considered the fourth best weakside defensive end prospect and is also the Composite Rankings' fourth best overall player from the state of Virginia. Holmes becomes Ohio State's second highest rated player in the 2014 class after only CB Damon Webb.
After glowing about his visit to Columbus (including saying he didn't want to leave), a run on 247 Crystal Ball projections for Ohio State had many thinking a commitment may be imminent. A report came out not long after that Holmes had pulled the trigger, but he quickly issued a denial just mere minutes later. After an all intents and purposes media blackout in the day that followed (part of that due to his driving back to Norfolk from Columbus), he finally made his pledge official today.
Holmes joins Lombard, IL product Dylan Thompson as the second defensive end commit in the 2014 class and follows a class that included Tracy Sprinkle, Tyquan Lewis, and Joey Bosa. Urban Meyer was notorious for rotating ends to keep opposing offensive lines on their toes while at Florida and it seems he's going back to the well now with the Buckeyes.
Check out what the future Buckeye brings to the table below: