- Josh Moyer, ESPN Staff Writer
Maybe it's the fact his mother's a school counselor, but Jalyn Holmes (Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor) already has his entire recruitment planned out.
The ESPN Watch List prospect will look more deeply into schools after his junior season and decide on his top-5 by the summer. He'll then head to five official visits and announce his commitment at one of the premiere all-star games next winter.
"I have 14 offers right now, and I just don't want to get overwhelmed with everything," the defensive end said. "This is kind of keeping me from getting big-headed."
Holmes has tried to force recruiting toward the back of his mind and focus on his junior season. As a result, he said, he'll be open to new schools until the summer hits. He insisted all schools were on equal footing until then -- but he acknowledged he held high interest in Penn State.
The Nittany Lions were the first to offer Holmes, shortly after his freshman season, and he said he's not bothered by the sanctions.
"They were my first offer, and you just don't forget that," Holmes said. "And even though Penn State's going through a lot of stuff and not going to a bowl game, they still have a packed house every Saturday. So I kind of like that.
"People still like the team, and they're still going to support the team. They're a big family up there -- and they still put people in the league."
Holmes visited Happy Valley for a football camp between his freshman and sophomore seasons. He slept in the dorms, walked to Beaver Stadium and was able to experience some of the college lifestyle.
His team didn't return again this summer, because the school didn't approve of a trip during the Jerry Sandusky scandal. But Holmes still hopes to return, maybe to see if PSU is the the right fit.
"I would love to go back up there," he said. "I wouldn't mind taking a trip at all. They win, and they have a big stadium. I always wanted to play in front of a lot of people, so that really sticks out with me."
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