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Prospect Evaluation: Corey Holmes

The to be senior stands at 6’2’’ 176 pounds and is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The lanky prospect is not only quick running a 4.4 40 yard dash, but has great hands as well.  Holmes is a definition of a student athlete with a 3.6 GPA so far in high school. He is currently ranked as the 75th best player in the country and a 4 star recruit according to ESPN 150.

 

After looking at film Holmes looks like he could come right into college and have an impact right away. He does lack strength and only weighing 176 pounds isn’t going to be big enough for the next level. He still has his senior year to put on more weight, but it needs to be muscle. Many experts talk about his speed and hands, but his route running is very good. His precision cuts create space and if a route isn’t working he doesn’t give up on the play and finds open space that doesn’t interfere with the original play. His ability to make guys miss after the catch is about average to above average, but uses the side step juke pretty effectively. Last but not least the guy doesn’t drop the football; he keeps his hands up in traffic and uses his body to shield defenders at the right time. Catching the ball in traffic is huge, especially in college when the defensive guys are much better than high school.

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