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Desean Holmes recruit scouting report: Elusive slot receiver

Desean Holmes -- Student Sports
Desean Holmes -- Student Sports

Desean Holmes is one of the top playmakers in the country, and the Californian prospect in the class of 2015 is gaining widespread interest across the nation.

Holmes attends Pasadena (Calif.) John Muir High School. He is projected to play wide receiver at the next level. Holmes is listed at 5'10.5 and weighs in at 170 pounds.

The wide receiver is a consensus four-star prospect, receiving the rating from 247sports, Rivals, Scout and ESPN. Scout is highest on him, considering him the seventh-best receiver in the nation, but Rivals and ESPN also rank him among the top 20 receivers. The 247sports composite, which aggregates the ratings of all four major recruiting services, considers Holmes a four-star, ranking him as the 12th-best wide receiver in the country and the 19th-best player in the state of California.

Unsurprisingly, Holmes sports a number of high-profile offers from programs across the country. Oklahoma, USC, California, Nebraska, UCLA and Washington are some of the bigger ones.

He can be found on Twitter @Deseanholmes13.

Scouting by Derrell Warren (@yssd): Holmes is recruit who's seen some snaps on the defensive side of the ball, but is almost exclusively being recruited to play wide receiver.

Holmes Isn't the tallest receiver. He's far from being filled out at this stage so there's definitely room to add weight to his frame.

Holmes has good overall playing speed. But he isn't necessarily a player with elite or track type of speed. He is smooth in his movements and shows good burst, cleanly gliding away from defensive backs on in-breaking routes. Those are the types of cuts in which he creates the most consistent separation at this stage.

It would probably be a safer bet to project HoImes to the slot, considering it's a question if Holmes will develop the upper body strength to consistently break jams at the line of scrimmage. At this stage, would probably project better as a slot or motion receiver where he'll gain free releases and not be able to easier get into his routes.

That said, I would like to see him play a bit more physically when releasing off the line of scrimmage, and at the break point as well. He does play above his size going up in the air and high pointing the ball.

Holmes has good speed. But even more impressive is the burst he shows in and out of cuts and his burst to the ball on deep throws. He transitions smoothly in and out of cuts in the open field and loses little speed in transition.