USC has offered SAF Dedrrick Holmes of Evans, GA and Clemson has had contact with last season’s interception leader in the state of Georgia. Holmes is hearing a good bit from the Gamecocks at this point. He camped with the Gamecocks this summer and plans a return visit for the Georgia game.
“They like the way that I vision the field and they like the way that I come down hill making tackles,” Holmes said of USC coaches Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson. “They like the fact that I’m a good open field tackler, really the best in the CSRA. When they found out I had 9 interceptions, that was a big thing. He (Robinson) told me that if you have 9 interceptions in college, you’ll be one of the leaders in the nation. That surprised me.”
Holmes said he talked with Muschamp and Robinson last week. Robinson is more in his ear than the head coach.
“One of the guys that he wants,” Holmes said. “He wants me to continue to talk with Coach Muschamp and see him when I go up there for the Georgia game. He’s really looking forward to me to see him and come up there for games, and for a recruiting photo shoot.”
Clemson safeties coach Mickey Conn also was in touch last week according to Holmes and he said the Tigers plan to scout him once the dead period ends.
“He liked my ballhawking abilities,” he said. “He liked my length and my wingspan, which is 78″. That surprised him. He liked the fact that I got bigger. My sophomore season I was around 180 (pounds), but then I got real serious in the weight room and got to 200-205.”
He’s yet to visit Clemson and it’s a trip he’d like to make for a closer look. “I want to visit, I want to see how they practice. I want to see how they run things, how they run their defense.”
Holmes also has an offer from Liberty and is also hearing from Auburn and Troy. He plans to make a decision around mid-season.
Along with his 9 interceptions last season, Holmes had 7 pass break ups and 49 tackles. He also caught 21 passes for 354 yards and 3 touchdowns.