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:
I did not commit— Jalyn Holmes #⃣1⃣1⃣ (@JayHolmes_) June 19, 2013
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:
Looks like Holmes may have given the dreaded "silent verbal" and doesn't want things out there yet.....stay tuned— Alex Gleitman (@alexgleitman) June 19, 2013