One of the many recruits that Virginia Tech hosted last weekend was Jalyn Holmes. The defensive end from Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor has well over ten offers from schools like Alabama, USC, Clemson, Penn State, Miami and North Carolina. It sounds like Holmes had a good experience in Blacksburg.
"It was fun and I enjoyed myself," said the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Holmes. "I got there a little late and missed the tour. I sat with the fans during the game and had fun. I got to talk with some of the players before and after the game."
After this trip, where do the Hokies stand in comparison to all of the other schools that have offered Holmes?
"Every school is equal right now," he explained. "I'm not trying to focus which school is better than another until after football season. I'd like to take all my visits before I cut my list down."
Holmes also holds an offer from N.C. State. What does the four-star junior think of the Wolfpack now that they have fired Tom O'Brien?
"I never met Coach O'Brien so it doesn't have much of an effect on me," Holmes said. "I don't know much about N.C. State."
Another school that has offered Holmes is Maryland. How does the move to the Big Ten affect Holmes' view of the Terps?
"That's a big move by Maryland," he said. "They're trying to move forward as a program and it's a good thing."
Where will Holmes take his next visit?
"I'm not sure yet. I might visit North Carolina," said Holmes. "I'm going to try to go somewhere I haven't been."