11W Community Interview: Jalyn Holmes

By Jeremy Birmingham on August 4, 2013 at 7:00p
The 11W Community Interview is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people. You submit the questions, vote on them, and then we pass the top ones on to the biggest names in the world of Ohio State athletics.

When Jalyn Holmes chose to commit to Ohio State in mid June most had predicted that the Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor High School star defensive end was destined for Florida State. Something happened on Holmes' way to Tallahassee however — he visited and fell in love with Ohio State — and has since taken an active role for the Buckeyes as they try to finish out their 2014 class in style. Holmes has been aggressively recruiting some of the biggest names that Ohio State is still pursuing, and the nation's third-ranked defensive end is looking forward to his days in Columbus.

Jalyn Holmes is the focus of this week's 11W Community Interview, so take a moment to get to know this future Buckeye.

Jalyn, was Ohio State your favorite before your visit or was seeing the campus and the facilities a difference maker for you? If so what really stood out to you about that visit?  - RaiderRed

JH: Ohio State was in my top three before I visited, so I loved a lot about it before I was even there. I hadn't planned on committing until the All-American game, but the coaches there at Ohio State — really just the entire thing that Ohio State had to offer after football — made me fall in love with it. It felt like home there, I didn't want to leave and I had only been there two days.

Ohio State has had some great athletes at the defensive end position over the years, one being Mike Vrabel. How did Coach Vrabel's involvement in your recruitment impact your decision to become a Buckeye? - Hovenaut

JH: Recruiting is a real dirty business, honestly. So many coaches tell you what you want to hear all the time and coach Vrabel and Coach Zach Smith both kept it honest with me all the time. They are men I would like to play for because they are great people, and that's really how they impacted things. It's not just about football.

What are you looking forward to most about being a Buckeye? - Killer Nuts

Holmes talks to 11W readers.Jalyn Holmes, a leader in Ohio State's recruiting class

JH: The chance to compete in front of Ohio State fans, honestly. They are the best fans in any sport and being able to be there for them is what I am looking forward to the most.

Have you been able to get to know some of your fellow 2014 Buckeyes recruits and if you have, who have you been in touch with the most? - Sin City Buckeye

JH: Our class talks every day in some way, generally through a group message. They are all great guys, we have a great class. We are all on the same page and we know what our goals are, that's how we recruit other players too. We want great people in our class. We all support each other and we all care and that's going to bring in other great players.

How upset were you about your commitment being leaked before you wanted to announce? - Route4Buckeye

JH: When it first happened I was a bit disappointed, it was supposed to stay between the coaching staff and myself until I got home and talked to my teammates. My teammates and coaches mean everything to me so it upset me a bit, but once I saw how the Buckeye fans reacted it made things a bit easier. My mom was much more upset than I was. I wouldn't say we were cool with it, but it happened and that's how it goes.

Being a smaller DL class this year, have the coaches told you specifics on where they want you to play or plans for you? And have they given you any areas to improve or techniques to work on during your senior year?  - 2002OSUBuck

JH: I'm not a complete player yet, I can get better in a lot of areas. I need to use my hands better and improve in all sorts of ways. They see me as at the "viper" position, which is another reason I chose Ohio State. The way they want to use me in their defense is something I am comfortable with.

What is the best and worst thing you see in your upcoming move from high school to college? - GoBucks96

JH: The best thing is the chance to meet new people, and not just through football. I am looking forward to being on my own for the first time ever, too. I am honestly looking forward to scoring a touchdown and jumping into the crowd (laughs), I'm going to do that if I score. I love Buckeye Nation. The worst thing? I'm not looking forward to the cold weather, but I'll deal with that.

What are your goals for when you step on campus, both personally and team wise? - KAREEMABDULJACOBB

JH: My goal is to just make sure that I earn the respect of the upperclassmen at Ohio State, to show people that I am a good dude and someone that will be a great teammate. I have no goals about personal stats because I don't care about that, I only care about wins. We want to win the national championship.

Oreos or baked cookies? - BassDropper 

We all support each other and we all care and that's going to bring in other great players.

JH: (Laughs) I chose the baked cookies. I am addicted to Oreos, so I wanted to explore my options. People thought I was talking about football.

I just want to let you all know how much I love Ohio State, the fans, the opportunities on the field and after football. I really believe that the fans at Ohio State will have my back no matter what. It's awesome to see the value of the program at Ohio State, you can notice it just by how many old players still hang around. It's a special place. Thank you all and I look forward to being a Buckeye.

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SilverState's picture

"My goal is to just make sure that I earn the respect of the upperclassmen at Ohio State, to show people that I am a good dude and someone that will be a great teammate. I have no goals about personal stats because I don't care about that, I only care about wins. We want to win the national championship."

MassiveAttack's picture

I loved this quote!  The whole interview was very encouraging.  Best of luck to you, Jalyn.

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oregonianbuckeye's picture

Nice interview. Really looking forward to watching Holmes in the S&G. Great talent and great guy!

UrbanCulture's picture

Seems like a good guy! Wonder if the cold Columbus weather is a deal beaker for other recruits 

MN Buckeye's picture

And for people who think Cbus is cold, try Minneapolis.

GoldenBuckeye's picture

Uh, yeah, among other things.  When I moved to Columbus from Minneapolis, I thought people were joking when I received news that school was canceled due to two inches of snow.

Orlando Pancakes's picture

I said the same thing after moving to Dallas and school was canceled due to what seemed like flurries.

Buckeye5000's picture

I now live in Louisiana and they cancel school for RAIN! I don't mean once...for my 5th grader last year we had at least a half dozen days canceled at his school...due to...RAIN!
I just laugh at them :)

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buckz4evr's picture

Can't wait to see you manhandle TTUN the next few years.  We are so lucky to have you be a vital part of Buckeye Nation.

BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

I wonder if he knows that it was Bill Kurelic- and not the coaching staff- who leaked his commitment?

Adam21's picture

Makes you wonder though... how did Kurelic find out? (I honestly don't know)

BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

Kurelic mentioned he was outside when he saw Jalyn and his family meet up with Coach and gave his verbal. He saw Urban going crazy and he put two and two together. I remember reading that during one of his morning buzz threads over at bucknuts. 

BassDropper's picture

" I am honestly looking forward to scoring a touchdown and jumping into the crowd (laughs), I'm going to do that if I score. I love Buckeye Nation."
As much as Tress preached "Act like you've been there before" I would pay to see his reaction if he was still coaching.
Jayln has all the tools to be SPECIAL here at OSU. I see a lot of Aldon Smith in his game.


pcuzz1's picture

Cant wait to watch jalyn do work! Seems like a great dude, who has a good head on his shoulders

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KingsRite's picture

I like this guy. More of that please!

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Alpo's picture

Wow, another great kid for the bucks! Very impressed

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation Jalyn!

saltybuck61's picture

Sounds like an outstanding young man. Can't wait to see him play for the scarlet and gray.

MN Buckeye's picture

I honestly think that Buckeye Nation will have Jalyn's back.

InHartWeTrust's picture

Really nice interview, sounds like an awesome dude.  I'll be pulling hard for him when he makes it to campus.

Hovenaut's picture

Good stuff Jayln, glad you're a Buckeye.

Adam21's picture

Does 11W or tOSU hire a PR guy to help these guys? These recruits are incredibly well-spoken.
I love how all of these recruits realize that just because they are heavily sought after, very good football players doesn't mean that they don't have a few things to work on to become better players. You can definitely tell that is a trait Urban and his staff require from their recruits.

Deuces Wild's picture

I really can't stand this kid. (Insert MAJOR sarcasm font!!)
I believe this young man will bleed S&G for MANY years after his playing days.....maybe even be a coach?? Great young man!!

buckskin's picture

"Recruiting is a really dirty business ... Coach Vrabel and Coach Smith both kept it honest with me all the time."  Kids can spot a phony a mile away; glad our coaches were up front with this young man, it obviously made an impact on him.
Jayln, thanks for taking the time to answer these questions; we're behind you all the way.

irishfury's picture

So glad you posted this.  I was going to as well.  I think its great to hear that about your staff.  I really like how this staff doesn't beat around the bush and straight forward with current players and recruits.  

2014nationalchamps's picture

this kid is going to pan out nicely. He seems to have a great head on his shoulders. Welcome to Buckeye Nation

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buckeyedude's picture

We(Buckeye Nation) got your back, Jalyn.



CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great article Jeremy!  Great to learn a little more about Jayln.  Can't wait to see him in Scarlet and Gray and tearin up B1G!!
Go Bucks!!

lljjgg's picture

The cold weather has been a bit overrated lately, in my opinion! This past winter I can only really remember 3 genuinely cold/freezing weeks, the rest of the winter was pretty mild. Obviously not as warm as Virginia, but nothing compared to what he'll be dealing with in NFL if he gets drafted by a NE or GB. I think he might be pleasantly surprised by how mild the winters have actually been here lately, at least compared to 10 years ago.

Love his enthusiasm for Buckeye Nation! He's right, no one supports one another like Buckeyes!

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

wow. impressed with both his attitude and his speakabilityness.

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Jugdish's picture

Upvote! Love new words. 

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labuck's picture

hahaha...did you just make up a word??  love it

Buckeye5000's picture

speakabilityness...think I will start using it. I would upvote you too but  it seems I can't because I am new or...more likely, I just can't figure out how.

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allbucksallthetime's picture

I'm very pleased that Jalyn Holmes will be a Buckeye.  Any time a passionate, talented, and well-spoken young man like Jalyn is added to the OSU family, I can't help but be more excited about the future of Buckeye football.    Go Bucks!  

Idaho Helga's picture

Welcome, welcome young man!   Great interview and glad to have you as a Buckeye!  I think you will find our coaching and training staff the most honest and "in your corner" folks anywhere.
#NoBS here

buckeye92's picture

What an outstanding group of recruits in the class of 14.  
Best of luck to this young man both on and off the field.  

j_stinebaugh's picture

It somewhat bothers me when people look at Ohio as a state that is really cold. It gets cold in the winter down south too.  The winter here can't be much worse than it is in Virginia.  A little more snow, but IMO that makes the winter better.

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2002osubuck's picture

That's cool to see my question. I really like the answer about improving his hands. That's all vrabel and usually something you're really not taught well until the NFL. Jalyn really seems to have a ton of potential and with great coaching will become another top DL for tOSU. Keep working hard and good luck this season Jalyn. Go bucks!

1967Buck's picture

  A well spoken young man. Welcome to Buckeye Nation.

BtownBuckeye's picture

Seems like a really good guy. Good luck to him on his journey!

sir rickithda3rd's picture

awesome kid... best of luck to u jalyn!

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Buckeye5000's picture

Welcome Aboard Jaylen, you sound like an great addition to "Buckeye Nation".  I look forward to seeing you play for the Bucks and watching you grow as a man.

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TraptnMI's picture

Sounds like there are alot of old players on medicare hangin around the University. Nice of Jalyn to mention and acknowledge the OLD ones, how funny! Nice strong attitude for the studs future success at THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY!!!!!!!!!!!!! GET SOME!!!!!!!!!!!ttun

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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

The quality of these kids is spectacular.  I wish all of them the best.  However, if he scores a touchdown and jumps into the crowd and draws a 15 yard penalty in a close game, he owes me $1000 for a new TV.

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Edincostarica's picture

Welcome to the Buckeye family Jalyn!


Poison nuts's picture

Further proof that the 2014 class is a great one, for more reasons than just physical ability. Great answers, great kid.

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pjtobin's picture

I just love hearing these young buckeyes are very close and communicate everyday. They will be very tight by the time they graduate from TOSU. What a great kid. And what a great recruiting class.
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