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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

KU picks up another juco D-lineman in J.J. Holmes

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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For the second time in a week, the Kansas football program has added to its stockpile of defensive linemen by picking up a commitment from the junior college ranks.

KU on Tuesday received word from Hutchinson Community College defensive tackle J.J. Holmes that he plans to sign with the program, just days after KeyShaun Simmons, of Pearl River Community College (Miss.), did the same.

Listed at 6-foot-2 and 310 pounds, Holmes earned first-team All-KJCCC honors as a sophomore this fall. The defensive lineman — originally from Chipley, Fla. — averaged 4.7 tackles a game on the interior. Holmes made 14.5 tackles for loss for HCC, as well as 5.0 sacks.

Sought after as a freshman at Hutchinson, Holmes returned for his sophomore season after receiving offers from Kansas State, Iowa State, Missouri, Kentucky and other programs.

Just last weekend, Holmes revealed to Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant, he visited Missouri.

Though the defensive lineman has only ventured to KU in an unofficial capacity previously, Holmes plans to make an official visit this coming weekend, after calling assistant coach Kenny Perry and head coach David Beaty Tuesday to commit.

“Coach Perry has been recruiting me for a while,” Holmes told Jayhawk Slant. “He’s been doing a good job telling me about Kansas. He has talked to me about the facilities and the environment.”

According to Holmes, he plans to enroll at Kansas for the spring semester.

The latest juco transfer joins a defensive line that has to be considered KU’s best unit for 2017, with All-Big 12 first-team selection Dorance Armstrong Jr., second-teamer Daniel Wise and DeeIsaac Davis returning.

Comments

Matt Burton 3 years ago

Great pickup with some great size! As a former DB I loved having a strong D-Line! My job was so much easier when the D-Line was sawing wood and getting to the QB quickly. Beaty building this team right! #EarnIt

Brett McCabe 3 years ago

Nice to pick one out of Mizzou's pocket. Excited about the d-line next year.

Joseph Bullock 3 years ago

it's a great feeling, Brett! And K-State also wanted him, too. So Misery is just the icing on the cake! And I love me some cake! ha ha ha ha ha

Tracy L. Cauley 3 years ago

Watch the K-State game and tell me why Kellen Ash should not be a player on that defensive line. Let the talented kids play.

Micky Baker 3 years ago

Rivals also shows that KU got a verbal commitment from a 4 star running back out of the DFW area. I watched his highlights. The dude is fast, just blows right by guys. He is also built stoutly. He's built in a way that it doesn't look like he's that fast, but he's fast and he can cut on a dime. His name is Dominic Williams. He has a visit scheduled for 1/20/17. He is rated as the 26th best running back in the class of '17 and the 48 best overall player in Texas this past season. He'll be in Lawrence when Texas plays at Allen Field House on January 21. Getting another guy here that will have a full 4 years of eligibility is a good thing. He's from Frisco, TX.

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