October 31, 2011

Holmes sees Big House for the first time

Even if Michigan's coaching staff lands Canton (Ohio) GlenOak running back Bri'onte Dunn in the 2012 class, the need for a runner in the 2013 class still remains. One option at the position is Flint (Mich.) Carman-Ainsworth's Gerald Holmes. The junior took in the Michigan Stadium experience for the first time on Saturday, and came away with positive vibes.

Holmes also got a chance to meet a few members of Michigan's coaching staff. He is interested in Michigan, and learned that the interest was reciprocated by the Wolverines' coaching staff.

Unfortunately, Holmes didn't get a chance to put up big numbers this season. He went down in the first game with a high ankle sprain and an ankle fracture. That injury caused him to miss five weeks, and he only played in a handful of games on the year. However, the 6-0, 205-pound back knows his skills will be able to translate to the next level.

He's been drawing interest from Division-I schools since his sophomore year. Michigan has been sending him mail ever since one of Carman-Ainsworth's coaches reached out to the Wolverines' staff. Coach Fred Jackson even caught part of a Cavaliers game last season.

Michigan isn't the only school showing interest, however. Holmes has been getting mail from Michigan State, Iowa, Syracuse, Oregon, and Mississippi State in addition to the Wolverines. Michigan, Michigan State, and Alabama are his top three schools early in the process, though he hasn't yet heard from the Crimson Tide.

Holmes hasn't received any scholarship offers yet, but with hard work, he's confident that schools will start offering him.

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