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#CarterBoys18 grows again with addition of Demauryon Holmes

Is this another hidden gem that could develop into something special for Gary Patterson?

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If it seems that the Frogs have done more late recruiting this year than normal, it’s probably because they have. Over the weekend, TCU added their second commit of the week when Mansfield Legacy senior athlete Demauryon Holmes pledged, one day after receiving an offer from the Frogs.

Holmes originally committed to the University of Central Arkansas, an FCS program. But, due to an illness in his family, the 6’1”, 200 athlete was released from his NLI and re-opened his recruitment, focusing on schools in Texas. Having developed a relationship with TCU assistant Zarnell Fitch during his original recruiting process made the decision easy for Holmes once the Frogs came calling again, according to Jeremy Clark of Horned Frog Blitz. “TCU recruited me during the process before I committed to UCA and once I got my release them and everyone else started hitting me back up. TCU came out of nowhere and said ‘we have a scholarship now and would you be willing to take it’? I said most definitely. Coach Fitch is a great guy; he’s just a great person,” he said. “Even when I first met him he joked around and said I wasn’t a dog and I said I could show him I could play. He told me he just wanted to see what I would say. From that I knew he was a great coach and I like his presence.”

Listed as a linebacker currently, Holmes profiles out similarly to another late find for Gary Patterson, former TCU and current Los Angeles Rams LB/S Travin Howard. He might be as fast too, having run a 21.2 200 meter this track season, and having a 4.47 40 to his name. Howard arrived in Fort Worth at 5’11, 190 pounds, as a safety, a low three-star prospect whose only other offer was UTSA. Holmes is unrated and unranked, but did have nine offers to choose from before committing to UCA, and Howard’s career is certainly one to try and model his own after, as the recent grad left Fort Worth as the most productive defensive player of the Patterson era.

When you watch his film, it’s obvious that he plays great in space, has a nose for the ball, and hits harder than his 200 pounds. He’s quick to react and has good form, and if he can add weight, could be a great fit in the middle of the GP D.

The Frogs now have 24 commits in the class of 2018, a top 25 group in the country and the third best in the Big 12.