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Report: Jalyn Holmes commits to Ohio State; Holmes denies commitment

Urban Meyer, Mark Pantoni, and co. reportedly add #11 to a strong 2014 recruiting class, but he has since denied giving his pledge to the Buckeyes.

The Holmes family takes in Ohio Stadium.
The Holmes family takes in Ohio Stadium.

The Ohio State coaching staff may have added a strong one to their 2014 recruiting class Wednesday when Jalyn Holmes, a 4-star weak-side defensive end out of Norfolk, Virginia (Lake Taylor High School) reportedly committed to Ohio State. Holmes has also been considering Florida State (long believed to be his leader), Clemson, and Florida.

Holmes is the 80th best player in the 247Composite Rankings in the class of 2014. He's the fourth best weakside defensive end and the fourth best player from the state of Virginia. He grades out as a composite 4-star with 247 evaluating him as a 97 overall.

Holmes had tweeted very positively about the Ohio State campus during the past two days while visiting. He's got great size and a frame that screams impact player at defensive end. His athleticism and quick handedness would add to an already loaded future defensive line set to include the likes of Joey Bosa and Billy Price and would be even stronger with Holmes' addition.

UPDATE (12:03 p.m.): That didn't take long. Holmes has come out and denied the commitment. More as we have it:

UPDATE (12:13 p.m.): It now seems that Holmes may have given a "silent verbal" of sorts to the staff but still needs to cross his t's and dot his i's. Definitely not a done deal yet: