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The new regime got off to a slow start, since they missed out on one highly-touted safety in 6-foot-2, 200-pound behemoth Hatari Byrd of Central (Oklahoma commit).
However, they may have struck gold, since they stayed on the West side of Fresno to snatch up a possible steal from renown California College Football factory Edison High School.
The Bulldogs managed to get 6-foot-3, 170-pound free safety/wide receiver Justin Holmes on board. After looking closely at Holmes, Fresno State fans should look at the future of the defense and grin with his presence.
Holmes has very soft hands and won't back down from using them. His nose for the football and his wide receiver-like hands make him a plus for the Bulldog secondary. His vision and ability to react to the ball also scored major points for me.
He does catch footballs from his highly-touted quarterback Khari McGee at Edison. Holmes doubles as safety playmaker and red zone target for the Tigers. Given the depth that the Bulldogs have at wide receiver, though, that will probably mean Holmes will reunite with his Ex-High School head coach Tim McDonald in the Fresno State secondary.
He'll need bulk right away. He's actually 170-pounds when some listed him at 185. Even at 185, he would've had to add muscle anyway. He also had a reported 4.8 40-yard dash time. But after watching his film, he looks way faster than that.
On a defense that's improved at forcing turnovers through four games so far, this move sounds like DeRuyter and the Bulldogs want a ball hawk factory going in their secondary. Its a great move, considering how the Bulldogs were one of the worst at forcing turnovers in the secondary in the last few years of the Pat Hill regime.
I will honestly say, Holmes is looking more like the true ball-hawk at safety compared to Byrd. This could be a steal in the Valley.
MORE ON HOLMES: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1363186/justin-holmes