Jalyn Holmes is Number 11

By Jeremy Birmingham on June 20, 2013 at 7:52p
Jalyn Holmes liked what he saw of the Horseshoe

The gray box returns and this is a big one.

Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor High School defensive end Jalyn Holmes, who spent the last two days at Ohio State, has committed to Ohio State, becoming the 11th member of the 2014 class. The announcement of Holmes' commitment is not a surprise — his unofficial decision was unfortunately leaked yesterday — but tonight he made it official. 

Thought to be a strong Florida State "lean," Holmes becomes the second defensive lineman in the '14 class, joining Dylan Thompson in the trenches. Holmes is the fourth-ranked player in the talent-rich state of Virginia and is a consensus top-five player at defensive end. 

Zach Smith has been leading the charge on Holmes, and it's a big win for the Buckeyes' wide receiver coach as he nabs his first big Virginia fish. Holmes becomes the first Virginia native to select Ohio State since 2011, when Curtis Grant picked Ohio State. The Buckeyes have offered a number of big-time Virginia stars recently and have offers out to a handful of 2015 and 2016 players from the state as well.

Welcome aboard, Jalyn. Glad you liked the postal love.


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Joe4's picture

Great news!!!

SilverBulletNYC's picture

Finally!!! Welcome to the Family, Jalyn!

The South will NOT rise again!

stittracer99's picture

Yes!! Hats off to Zach Smith for bringing Holmes on board. Certainly seemed like he was playing from behind on this one. Welcome Jalyn!

iBuckeye's picture

A Boy Meets World gif?! May up votes rain down upon you.

cinserious's picture

May Topanga be the next .gif!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Thunderbrow's picture

I mean everyone heals people, comforts people, learns from you, learns from me, whatever.

tdible2132's picture

Finally!  With all due respect to Miles because he does an absolutely tremendous job, I was definitely one that disagreed with his prediction that OSU was done on the Dline in this class.  We needed a DE for this class as I believe every class needs one.  Well, we sure did get a good one!  This is huge and perhaps now we will be finished along the DLine barring a major commitment going forward.  I could potentially see one more DT in this class depending on how things play out with some of the top guys.  I also have to wonder what this will mean for Barnett out of Tennessee.  My guess is that this pushes him out of this class. But we will see.  Either way, great pickup tonight!  This DLine continues to load up with top tier talent.

SilverBulletNYC's picture

Awesome GIF!

The South will NOT rise again!

M1CAH4's picture

freaking epic GIF

Alpo's picture

That is AWESOME! One of the best movies ever, along with "Big Trouble in Little China." some all time classics right there!

AndyVance's picture

Big Trouble In Little China
Are you talkin' about me? ~Jack Burton

Alpo's picture

"Six demon bag? What's n it egg?"

buckeye85's picture

IDK about one of the best movie ever hahah, just messin'

jestertcf's picture

Oh grey box how I love thee. 

~Because we couldn't go for three~

tennbuckeye19's picture

So what you're saying is Zach Smith hit a Holme Run...
Despite the early leak of info, this is still excellent news!

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Welcome to the Buckeye Family! 

Crimson's picture

Party!  Welcome to the Buckeyes!

Unky Buck's picture

Yeah, we're excited!

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

Hovenaut's picture

Great young man, great choice, great news!

Welcome to Buckeye Nation Jalyn!

Jangs78's picture

Woo-Hoo!!  Welcome to the fam Jalyn!

BME_Buckeye's picture

Welcome to the Family Mr.Holmes

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


avail31678's picture

Oh how I wish I could upvote multiple times for The Carlton!!!

stittracer99's picture

Dude wish I was able to up-vote this. The perfect gif for this one. If only someone could photoshop a Buckeye hat on him!

Citrus's picture

Yeah, there was that delay... isssss it gonnnaaaa happpen???? YES!

AndyVance's picture

Outstanding way to start the weekend (a day early, but who cares). Well done, Staff, well done.

Unky Buck's picture

Well, technically, by college rules, Thursday starts the weekend. Rule #1 learned on that first Thursday of college.

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Tdizzle's picture

Awesome!!! Gray Box!!! 

OHBuckInCA's picture

Fantastic news!  Glad to see a big gray box make the appearance.  Too bad his surprise was spoiled yesterday, but glad it didn't leave too bad of a taste in his mouth.  Welcome aboard!

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BuckeyeChief's picture

Sweet! They just won the State Championship at Lake Taylor. (I coach kids soccer on their fields!). Awesome, just awesome!

"2014 National Champions...deal with it!!!"

Poison nuts's picture

Epic. Welcome aboard Jalyn! This should keep the masses happy for at least a week...maybe 4-5 days ;) I am looking forward to this class finishing strong & Jalyn is an incredible edition for my beloved OSU. GO BUCKS!!!

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lippertini's picture

Now THAT is smooth.

harleymanjax's picture

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

osu07asu10's picture


Welcome Home Jalyn! 

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The 0 is silent.

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ODEEZ330's picture

Beast mode for recruiting starting to turn up

stark county football

Gobucks2204's picture

Good for Zach Smith too. Will help him get his confidence up with recruiting and boost his performance review. A win win!

"Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends"

osubuck57's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation Jalyn!!!


mh277907's picture

Love big time D Line recruits. The front seven wins championships. Welcome aboard, Jalyn.


MAVBuck's picture

The good stuff! 11 huge gets!

jaxbuckeye's picture

247 ranks him as the 41st best prospect in the country.  Rivals ranks him as the 48th best prospect.  Scout ranks him as the 98th best.  ESPN?  293rd best prospect!  Big shock.

Dougger's picture

Just the worst. 
So many bigguns on the line!!!!!

I like football

theobi's picture

We just climbed five spots in 247's rankings! Up to 11th

steensn's picture

Doesn't take but a few solid players to jump with the great base we have already. I think we'll have a few more 96-99 type guys high will undoubtedly put us in the top 5. I think the base we have now is underrated and will move up a bit helping as well. Easy top 5 class with the smell in the water right now.

Kevbo714's picture

Very good news! Welcome, sir!

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otrain2416's picture

Great get for Zack Smith recruiting even better get for buckeyenation

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Gobucks2204's picture

Straight from a primary source:)
Jalyn Holmes #⃣1⃣1⃣ @JayHolmes_
8:48 PM - 20 Jun 2013
84 RETWEETS  70 FAVORITES ReplyRetweetFavorite

"Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends"

toad1204's picture

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

avail31678's picture

Love seeing Raekwon liking this!

YTOWNBUCKI's picture

Congrats to Mr. Holmes and here's to hoping he has a great career at Ohio State!  Our matchup against VA Tech should be fun for him.

CJDPHoS Board of Directors

Go get your shine box, Gumar!

stittracer99's picture

Exactly! I wouldn't underestimate how much that game against VA Tech in Blacksburg in 2015 along with future conference games in College Park and Piscataway helped to land this one for us. Not to say that he wouldn't have games like that if he went to FSU, but it helped us that he gets the better football team and academic institution without losing all of the games in his own back yard.

cplunk's picture

Stoked! That is a talent rich part of the country and this is a talent rich kid. Great get.

Brutus Forever's picture

this kid is a BEAST

"I learned to dislike Michigan at a very young age.” – Urban F. Meyer

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great news!  Welcome to Buckeye Nation Jalyn!!  So glad to see it. 
This was definitely a huge addition to the class!  You can see that in the state up north the news was no received too well.  This is how the folks in Ann Arbor viewed the news because they know Jayln will be part of a D-Line that will be dominating for years to come!!
Go Bucks!!

rdubs's picture

Our OLine is going to have its work cut out for it in practice for a while to come.  Eleven 4* or better DLinemen have been in our last 3 recruiting classes (10 left after Pittman leaving).

Knarcisi's picture

He played WR on offense. How freakin athletic is that?

DMcDougal24's picture

Awesome! Others are taking notice:

rdubs's picture

Jaason Lewis would be amazing to get.  Perfect combo back for our offense.

13THandSummit's picture

Welcome to the family! Hope in time (if not already) he realizes that the leak spread so fast because we are excited to have him and no other reason. Unfortunate his moment was somewhat sullied, but glad he chose to play for the good guys anyway.

unholy bucknut's picture

Wow thats huge gives this years a huge shot in the arm. Seeing Raekwon McMillan take notice though gives you chills. This class is going to finish strong its like a calm before the storm scenario I hope.

tae1986's picture

Welcome to buckeyenation!!!

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dubjayfootball90's picture

Beautiful. Just Beautiful. Read this and highfived the GF a few times. Hell yea buddy!!!
Welcome, Jalyn!

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theobi's picture

She's a keeper

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Awesome!!  I'm so ready for football season!!! 

Dr. House's picture

my body is ready for some buckeye football. 

Edincostarica's picture

We are PROUD to have you on board. Congratulations and welcome.


fansince1968's picture

Congrats & welcome Jayln!

zbd's picture

Zach Smith recruits Virginia great.  Now he needs to work on Cincinnati. He got a DE who can catch the ball.  Good news during game 7 of the NBA finals.

Knarcisi's picture

That'll improve Zach's grade ...

OSUStu's picture

I see I am a little late to the party.  But Ima get down!

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

YTOWNBUCKI's picture

Oh this class is going to finish strong for sure.  Urban definitely finishes strong in January and February.

CJDPHoS Board of Directors

Go get your shine box, Gumar!

TheGhostofWoody's picture

Was OSU his first visit?

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TheGhostofWoody's picture

I'm actually asking the question.

rdubs's picture

Here is a list of his activity:
They don't list a visit to FSU which is interesting considering he was considered to be favoring them. But I am not sure how complete the list is either.

Squirrel Master's picture

Welcome Jalyn! 
I hope Meechy77 sees this. This is how we celebrate our verbals. Only one way to get one of those! lol
Good day to be a buckeye!

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ToothBuck's picture

Awesome Pickup!!!!!! Welcome Jalyn!!!

Stinson's picture

Jalyn Holmes! You will never get this, you will never get this!


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buckeyedude's picture

OMG! They're even celebrating in Kazakhstan, greatest country?! This must be a good pick up!



OSUStu's picture

But one day...he break his cage and he GET THIS.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Gobucks2204's picture

Scout has us at 8th now! Moving on up!

"Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends"

Yenots11's picture

Clearly #11 is important to him. I feel a little superstition played a part in him being so amped about his commitment. He's a lock. Nice. 

Go Bucks!! 

"Aut viam inveniam aut faciam!"

buck-I.8's picture

If you have a 247 sub, I would highly suggest reading some of the FSU boards. The sadness is too real.

Knarcisi's picture

Urban Meyer. Jimbo Fisher. Any questions?

Maestro's picture

He's not from Ohio, I am concerned.

vacuuming sucks

rdubs's picture

Definitely going to have to keep recruiting him, but I will be optimistic until I have reason not to be.

Maestro's picture

I am sure they will.  I was really just being facetious.

vacuuming sucks

captain obvious's picture

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CSAR Buckeye's picture

Can't say he's wrong.  It's science.

warosu's picture

One more piece of the puzzle

TheGhostofWoody's picture

Does it worry anyone else that he committed before even taking a visit to his presumed favorite?

Bucks's picture

So far out from NSD, I'm worried about any recruit. Not even being to FSU, if correct, adds a bit more. For now, just happy with the commit.
On that topic, it wouldn't surprise me if his family wanted to put the brakes on him committing publicly until they went over it with him in regards to the above details.
Glad he was so impressed though and love this monster d that is in the works.

tennbuckeye19's picture

I would be more worried if he still wants to visit FSU now that he's committed to OSU.

Woodshed's picture

Great gif thread.
2 Arrested Development gifs in one thread should be illegal.

Bucks43201's picture

good good... (MOD Edit) Remarks were removed.
What's with that dude...he gets soooo sensitive when people point the obvious about ESPiN.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Bucks's picture

I'm just going to point out that Cincy requested the deletion himself which I appreciated him/her requesting. Let's leave that alone if we can.

captain obvious's picture

no everyone needs to pile on
I for one never make a misguided post

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Bucks's picture

Everyone steals from me, steals from you ... I don't remember the exact quote ;)

penult's picture

Yahoo! Yahoo for school! Yahoo for me!

captain obvious's picture

conditioner is better it makes the hair smoove and shiny
shampoo is better it  make the hair healthy and clean
stop looking at me swan

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buckskin's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation Jayln.  Great job by Mr. Smith stepping up to the plate and knocking one out of the park.  Really nice to see a coach respond to a challenge instead of backing down!  Now let's go do it again.

buckguyfan1's picture

Another big day for the Buckeyes!  Well, Happy Friday everyone and remember!...

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

SWEEEEETTTT!!!!!  Welcome to the Buckeye Nation Jalyn - from this point forward - hulk smash anything related to scUM.

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DeepSouthBuckeye's picture

Welcome to the family Jalyn!
Also, great job by Zach Smith! Happy for the guy to get his first "big" recruit!

Loving all things Buckeye from SEC country in Alabama.

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OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Yeti's have feelings too.

Buckeye06's picture

This is my favorite quote so far probably
"I know that you can't say (the team up north's) name and I know when we beat them we get the gold pants and my mom will get my first (pair)," Holmes said

SaltyD0gg's picture

Great addition to the class. A lifelong win for Jalyn, as well.

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UrbanBuckeye's picture

Crazy how fast this recruitment turned around. Very happy for Coach Smith, but more importantly, the program! Big time get!

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osubuckeye4life's picture

Better late than never. Welcome to THE Ohio State University Jayln!!!