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Monday, May 6, 2013
Versatile Texas DB chooses Iowa State

By Damon Sayles

Entering May, Iowa State and head coach Paul Rhoads had one commitment -- albeit a good one in four-star wide receiver Allen Lazard (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale), who earned a ticket to The Opening on Sunday at the Chicago Nike Football Training Camp.

The Cyclones welcomed commitment No. 2 on Saturday in cornerback De’Monte Ruth (Dallas/Wilmer-Hutchins), and late Sunday, the Cyclones picked up their third overall commit in safety Victor Holmes (La Porte, Texas/La Porte).

A 5-foot-11, 177-pound safety, Holmes chose Iowa State over heavy interest from Rice. Holmes was recruited to Iowa State by running backs coach Kenith Pope. He visited the campus and took in all that Ames, Iowa, had to offer last month.

“I’m excited to play in a big conference,” Holmes said of suiting up in the Big 12. “The majority of the teams are spread teams offensively, so it’s good for me, since I’m a DB.”

Many college coaches who visited La Porte High School were eyeing ESPN 150 athlete Hoza Scott, the No. 1-ranked outside linebacker and the No. 28 player overall. Holmes, however, quickly showed coaches that he was a super-versatile option and an asset wherever he lined up. Holmes helped La Porte advance three rounds deep in the Texas Class 5A Division II playoffs this past season.

While Holmes can play most skill positions offensively and defensively, his natural spot is in the secondary. As a safety, Holmes finished last season with 78 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles. Offensively, he rushed 23 times for 235 yards -- an average of 10.2 yards per carry -- and three touchdowns and also caught five passes for 67 yards and a score. In the rare opportunities he lined up as a Wildcat quarterback, he completed all three of his attempted passes.

Holmes said Iowa State was a great place for him, primarily because of the coaching staff and educational advantages.

“They really make sure you’re on top of your grades, and lots of their players graduate with high GPAs,” Holmes said. “[Rhoads] is a real cool guy, and he’s putting together a good program.”