Flint Carman-Ainsworth running back Gerald Holmes made a commitment to Michigan State last weekend, starting off the 2013 class for the Spartans.
Holmes held offers from Michigan State and Toledo this this point, but was injured and missed half the season as a junior. He likely would have added more scholarship offers as he went along, but loved the fact that MSU jumped in early, and his head coach Nate Williams says the Spartans saw what many others would have seen as the process went along.
"I think one, he has tremendous size and toughness. They see that in him. He played for me since he was a sophomore, started as a sophomore. I think they saw his film and he's big player that's willing to get the extra yards. He has the opportunity to be pretty good and be special because he has speed with size."
Holmes stands 6'1 and 200-lbs, so he fits in the mold of past physical, big backs the Spartans have had. Williams believes people are sleeping on his speed though.
"He ran track his freshman year, didn't run sophomore year, He'll be running again his junior year, this year. He went down to Toledo and Michigan State, ran for both of them and I know he ran real well. MSU called and said he ran well. I believe he got into the 4.5 range, which, for a kid his size, is really good."
Holmes is fully healthy now after recovering from his early season ankle injury and ready to go out and compete in track. What he will not have to worry about is the recruiting process, which is already essentially over with for him.
"I think he just was comfortable," Williams explains. "He went down there a few times, one being summer camp and being in Michigan, I think it had a lot to do with it. Knowing he had a big opportunity with a Big Ten school, and he could have waited it out, see how many more schools came in and things like that, but I think he just felt comfortable."
Williams and Holmes are not resting just because a commitment has been made though. Williams wants his star back to continue to add more weight, strength and speed, which is scary for opponents. The off-season work for Holmes should not be a problem, because his coach knows he is one of the hardest workers around.
"[Michigan State] is getting a guy that understands work. I kept him as a sophomore and he was a kid that would go out before school, come back and workout after school, do what the coaches needed. I think he's a guy that doesn't mind work. He doesn't mind working to get better. He understands that's what it takes leadership wise. He's a kid that's never been in any trouble and is a good kid all around. They definitely have a guy that wants to do great things and a guy they can count on."
They also have a player who is taking nothing for granted.
"I think he's appreciating each game more. After spending that part of the season being hurt and losing part of his season, I think he appreciates every time he's out on that field more."
And soon, Spartan fans will appreciate Gerald Holmes being out on the field as well.