Holmes emerg­ing as star

The Covington News - - SPORTS - SHA­KEEM HOL­LOWAY shol­loway@cov­news.com

Be­ing named the At­lanta Touch­down Club’s line­man of the week is an ac­com­plish­ment in it­self, but for East­side se­nior de­fen­sive end Arthur Holmes it could mean greater things.

Holmes joins James John­son III (2008) and Sheldin Rank­ins (2011) as the only three line­men from East­side to be cho­sen for the award in the past six years. Both John­son and Rank­ins went on to play col­lege ball.

John­son played at Wil­liam and Mary as an of­fen­sive line­man. He ac­cu­mu­lated 32 starts in his ca­reer there. Rank­ins cur­rently plays for Louisville, and he is a highly touted NFL prospect.

“There’s no doubt, he’s (Holmes) def­i­nitely a col­lege prospect,” East­side foot­ball coach Rick Hurst said. “The prob­lem is we’ve got him on the D-line right now and he’s not gonna play that in col­lege. He’s ath­letic enough that he can be a great 3-4 line­backer. He’s 215 pounds.

“He doesn’t look like it so you know he’s go­ing to be able to put on 15 or 20 pounds. He’ll be able to run. He’s a great ath­lete. Once he gets into a sys­tem where he’s play­ing line­backer all the time and he’s learn­ing cov­er­ages and what he’s gotta do in drops, he’ll be very, very good. I fully ex­pect him to be hang­ing on that (hall of fame) wall in there just like the other two later on.”

Watch Holmes in prac­tice and you’ll see him tu­tor­ing other play­ers on moves among other things in or­der to make that player bet­ter. Holmes is a cap­tain for East­side.

“That’s just the kind of player he is. He’s a great per­son, as good as he is a foot­ball player,” Hurst said.

“He’s got a big mo­tor. That’s the one thing about him when you watch him on film he’s all over the place. He’s made tack­les down the field. He’s made big time sacks for us in the first three games,” the coach said. “He just plays reck­less, and that’s what we gotta have. But he’s a very smart foot­ball player. He knows what (of­fenses) are try­ing to do to him. He’s played a lot of foot­ball. He’s re­ally kind of started since he was a sopho­more and played. He’s had a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence out there.”

Through three games, Holmes has 25 tack­les, six sacks and three quar­ter­back hur­ries. Holmes has just eight sacks last year. Hurst says he’s very quiet, but he does all his talk­ing on the field.

“Arthur don’t say a lot, but when he does peo­ple lis­ten,” Hurst said. “He’s liked by ev­ery­body. He’s a very well-liked young man. He’s very man­ner­a­ble, he’s soft spo­ken. When he fi­nally does speak out here, peo­ple lis­ten.”

Sha­keem Hol­loway /The Cov­ing­ton News

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