June 2, 2010

Holmes looking to take field by storm

Speed is a hot commodity on the football field, and the Golden Triangle of Texas has always been known as a place to find it over the years.

Located at one point of the triangle is Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial High School, which has produced several top talents over the years with the promise of more to come. This spring 2012 Titan athlete Nathan Holmes emerged as a prospect to watch.
"The spring it was good. I made every practice and I gave it my all," Holmes said. "This season I'm looking forward to doing bigger and better things. Last year I got hurt and I'm looking forward to not getting injured and getting my head straight."

The 6-1, 165-pound prospect lines up at running back for Memorial, and he is also a member of the 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400 relay teams. As a sophomore in 2009, his season was de-railed after suffering a turf toe injury in the first scrimmage of the year, but now he is ready to show what he can do.

"It got me ready because I knew what I was capable of and I couldn't do it because I was hurt," Holmes said. "I promised myself when I got back I would push myself to get better and give it everything I have."

During spring drills Holmes kept his promise to himself and as he eyes the 2010 season, he is focused on a couple of goals.

"My goals, I want to be the leading receiver and rusher in 5A," he said.

He plans to hit the weight room two times a day during the summer in order to add bulk to his frame, and he plans to attend camps at Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Southern.

His first camp trip of the summer will be to Austin for the June 6 Texas mini-camp.

"Next weekend I'm going to the University of Texas. They invited me out to camp," he said. "It'll be nice. I went down there in March to run in the Texas Relays. It was nice."

While in town for the Texas relays he was able to get a good look around the football facilities, and is looking forward to meeting the Texas coaching staff and "doing his best."

He grew up watching Florida, Texas, and USC because "they're always going to have speed," and is beginning to receive interest from Texas, Oklahoma St., North Texas, SFA, Houston, Baylor, and Iowa St. He may line up primarily at running back, but his abilities to turn the corner and in open space make him a versatile weapon.

"I can do both (WR and RB). UT is recruiting me as a slot receiver," Holmes said. "Major Applewhite came and watched practice and stuff and I guess that's how I got invited."

When it comes to getting on the field, Holmes is keeping an open mind, but he does have a position preference.

"I really want to play running back, but if I have to go to receiver then I'll do what I have to do."

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