This cannot be overstated: James Franklin must do everything in his power to hold onto Ja'Juan Seider. Penn State went into Florida, one of the toughest states to recruit, and nabbed a four-star running back for the second straight year, this time in the form of Caziah Holmes.
Franklin offered Holmes on the same day he went out and won running-back-MVP honors at The Opening regional camp in Orlando back on February 24, so clearly, the staff was watching closely.
The Holmes File
- Class: 2020
- Size: 5-11/179
- Pos: APB
- School: Cocoa (Cocoa, FL)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.9211)
- Composite Rank: No. 207 overall (No. 6 APB)
Early on, the Florida schools seemed to be the frontrunners, particularly Miami and Florida State. But Holmes kept his options open, visiting several schools throughout the process. He held offers from a number of elite schools including Penn State, Ohio State, Florida State, Auburn, Nebraska, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Florida, Miami, Michigan, and Ole Miss. He is clearly a coveted playmaker.
As mentioned, Holmes won MVP honors at the Opening camp in Orlando back in February, along with winning Fastest Man with a 4.49 40-yard at the event, solidifying his status as a running back with sprinter speed.
Holmes was a consistent presence at the major Florida schools, taking several visits to each of Miami, Florida, and Florida State. When it came time for him to take official visits, however, he must've felt like he knew everything there was to know from those schools as he only elected to use three officials (thus far) to Kentucky, Tennessee, and Penn State. Clearly, that one visit was all Holmes needed to realize Penn State was home for him. Not even subsequent visits to Tennessee for the aforementioned official, and yet another visit to Florida State could keep Holmes down south for his college career.
Holmes is commit No. 22 for Penn State's 2020 class, making Penn State the 14th-ranked class in the country according to the 247SportsComposite rankings.
Given the depth and talent that Penn State has accumulated over the past few years and Holmes' slender build, a redshirt is extremely likely for his first year on campus, but Seider and Franklin have proven if you are good enough, particularly at running back, you will play.