Holmes was the very first verbal commitment for the 2013 class. The commitment came after an informal visit to Michigan State in February 2012. He watched the Spartans basketball team win a game on Super Bowl Sunday. Holmes received two other offers – one from Central Michigan and one from Toledo. In the end, he was impressed with Coach Mark Dantonio’s faith that he had the potential to be a great college ball player.
The three-star running back will be staying in his home state of Michigan, where he attended Carman Ainsworth High School in Flint, Michigan. The 6’0″, 205 player made his commitment very quickly after his informal visit. He was raised to be a heavy-hitting ball player. Holmes was first team all-state selection and he rushed 94 times for a total of 1,023 yards and 14 TDs in 2012. He recorded five 100-yard rushing games as a senior.
This is Michigan States’ third signee of the day, adding to a class that appears to include 18 players in total. Of the 18 players, 2 are running backs, including Holmes. The Flint, Michigan native will join his teammates and replace Le’Veon Bell, who forewent his senior year to enter the NFL draft. Bell averaged 137.9 rushing yards per game and he totaled 1,793 yards in his junior year season. Given that Holmes has already made a big dent in rushing yards, it stands to reason that he will be a good candidate for filling the (rather) big hole Bell left behind.