In football they say the one thing you can't coach is speed, and that's something that Union County wide receiver Bryan Holmes has plenty of. So far the speedster has flown somewhat under the radar, but after his performances this spring, that should change very soon.
"Yeah I may have gone under the radar, but sometimes good players get over looked," said Holmes. "It just gives me more to prove."
This spring the 5'11, 175 pound Holmes had a solid showing at the Under Armour combine, running a 4.48-40, with a 4.34 shuttle, than was named the Combine King in addition to winning the Fastest man award at the Shuman's National Underclassman combine in Jacksonville. He also got a chance to show off his speed at the USF SuperBull camp.
"I ran 4.37 [at the Super Bull] but after they adjusted it, it came out to a 4.41," said Holmes.
Besides being a track star, running the 200 in 22.13, and a personal best of 10.72 in the 100 meter, Holmes also does it on the football field as a receiver and a return man.
"Last season I had 40 catches for 700 yards and 8 touchdowns at receiver, and had around 500 yards at kick returner," said Holmes. ‘As a sophomore I had around 600 yards and 6 TD's, and returned two kick-offs for scores."
Holmes also played some defense at the safety position, but is being recruited as a receiver, and knows what helps him excel on the football field.
"My best assets are my speed and my strength," said Holmes who claims a 300 pound bench and a 450 pound squat. "I'm also real good at catching the ball and gaining yards after the catch. My strength also helps me in the running game and blocking is another one of my strong points."
This summer the Union County standout has been busy checking out several team camps.
Holmes was at the USF Super Bull Camp, and and said he liked the whole experience.
"Yes sir, liked the camp a lot, it was different than others I been to. The stadium was beautiful, and just playing in a pro stadium was real nice," said Holmes. "The coaches got more time to work one-on-ones with us. That was good, and it helped me get to know them a lot better, made me feel real comfortable with them.
Working closely with the USF coaching staff gave Holmes an opportunity to see how they work and also to spend quality time with USF WR Coach Phil McGeoghan?
"I like the coaching staff, and like Coach McGeoghan, he's a pretty cool dude. I can see myself playing for him in the future," said Holmes. "He said he likes my speed and my size and that I can fit in just right and thinks I can play for him and things like that. I should just keep working hard and everything will pay off."
"I talked to coach Holtz but didn't really meet him yet, but I like him," said Holmes. "He told me to keep working hard and that I have a bright future ahead of me."
"I feel pretty good about getting that last offer," said Holmes. "I like USF a lot."
With five offers in hand, Holmes has a short list of favorites, with one school slightly leading the pack.
"Right now I have USF at the top and then Illinois and Troy," said Holmes. "Right now USF is just ahead, but I like all three schools."
"I'm basically looking at how everybody is at each school and if I'll fit in, that and the location," said Holmes.
The Union county prospect talks about what puts USF at the top of his list.
"I like everything. The coaches, being in Tampa stadium, and when I went there, I liked the campus and how everything was going on," said Holmes. "I like the coaches and how the program was ran. I like where it's located, because it isn't too far away from home either, and that's a plus. "
"The campus is real nice and is just right, everything is right there," said Holmes. "They're a lot doing a lot of construction there and told me they're building a new dining facility and practice fields."
"I liked the facilities, they're nice, and I like that thing they have in the weight room where all the players can see how much they're benching, 40 times, and stuff like that," said Holmes. "I also like that spaceship looking thing they got that tells you how much you weigh and how much body fat you got on you."
"I've seen USF a couple of time but haven't really followed them," said Holmes. "I know of QB B.J. Daniels, he can make plays, and would be somebody I'd like to catch balls from."
In the classroom Holmes said he has a 2.8 GPA, and scored a 16 on the ACT, saying he's already qualified but still has to take the writing part.
As to when he'll' make his choice, Holmes said he has a time frame for when he'd like to make a decision.
"Yes sir, after the football season, probably around December," said Holmes. "I want to focus on my senior season."
He did mention that he's thought about official visit and has an idea of which schools that are going to take trips to.
"Yes sir, I know I'm going to do Iowa State, Illinois and I know I'm going to take one to USF."
As to the rest of the summer Homes said he's going to start gearing up for practice and may take some visits as well.
"I'm just going to work out, get better at my route running, work on my hands, and things like that," said Holmes. "I'll probably take some visits, but I don't know which ones yet, and then weigh everything out and let it come."
Raj Shiwmangal contibuted to this update.