Miami recruiting: Athlete Caziah Holmes loves Canes, but 1 thing holding him back
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Caziah Holmes hopes for chance to play offense in college
Caziah Holmes may have Miami at the top of his recruitment. The Class of 2020 athlete isn’t ready to make a decision yet, though. Holmes still has plenty to weigh, even after visiting the Hurricanes twice in the past three weeks.
Right now, Holmes looks like one of Florida’s under-the-radar gems in 2020. Unranked by all the major recruiting services, Holmes already claims offers from five Power 5 programs. The junior was a two-way standout for Cocoa High School in 2017, helping Cocoa reach the Florida Class 4A state championship game. As a defensive back, Holmes led the Tigers in pass breakups, but he’s also such a talented offensive weapon he’ll probably get a crack to be Cocoa’s quarterback this year.
Most schools have fallen in love with Holmes’ ability in the secondary, including Miami. He’d love to get a chance on offense.
“I’m an offensive guy,” Holmes told DieHards after his latest visit Saturday. “I’m more of a running back and like slot guy, so I’d like to play offense.”
His desires might be the only thing separating Holmes from a commitment to Miami.
Holmes grew up a Hurricanes fan and has become something of a frequent visitor this spring. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound athlete made his way to Coral Gables, Fla., on March 31 for Miami’s underclassman day and left calling the Hurricanes the favorite in his recruitment. He returned to South Florida on Saturday, this time in Miami Gardens, Fla., where he watched the Hurricanes spring game.
— 🌟5stargeneral🌟 (@CaziahHolmes) April 15, 2018
Two chances to talk with the coaches in less than a month has left an overwhelmingly positive impression on Holmes. In March, he watched Miami practice and got a chance to go in-depth with safeties coach Ephraim Banda, who serves as Holmes’ primary recruiter. On Saturday, Holmes met with coaches at club level in Hard Rock Stadium before the scrimmage and got the same feeling he typically gets when visiting the Hurricanes.
“They make me feel like I’m a part of the team already,” Holmes said. “They make me feel like I’m at home and say that I’m a key part of their program.”
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Holmes thrived as a defensive back for Cocoa in 2017, logging 29 tackles and breaking up a team-high 6 passes. His chances on offense, meanwhile, were more limited, as Holmes only ran for 45 yards on 8 carries and scored 1 kick-return touchdown.
But less than a week before Holmes visited the Hurricanes for underclassman day, Holmes worked as a running back at an Under Armour All-America Camp on March 25 in Orlando. He did the same at a Rivals 3 Stripe Camp on Feb. 17 in Kissimmee, Fla., and earned his way on to Rivals.com’s midseason camp team as a tailback.
So far, only Louisville is expressing major interest in Holmes as an offensive prospect, though. If more programs get serious about Holmes’ ability on offense, a new crop of major suitors could emerge. For now, Miami sits in a class of its own, even if the Hurricanes picture him playing defense.
“They want me for defensive back, but I know I can play offense,” Holmes said. “I’m an athlete and I want to show it.”
In-state DE Lloyd Summerall includes Miami in top 12
Miami clearly positioned itself as one of the prime contenders for Lloyd Summerall this spring. On Friday, the 4-star weakside defensive end made it official.
Summerall took to Twitter this weekend to announce a top 12 as spring practices approach their end. Unsurprisingly, the Hurricanes made the cut for the senior from Auburndale (Fla.) High School. Miami will have to beat out Florida, Florida State, Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Texas A&M, Tennessee, TCU, Penn State and Nebraska to land the 6-7, 210-pound defensive end.
— Lloyd Summerall lll🎋 (@HimsoHam) April 14, 2018
Summerall already has visited the Hurricanes twice in 2018. The defensive lineman first traveled to the Miami metropolitan area March 9 to check out the school while he was in Homestead, Fla., for the adidas East Coast Invitational 7-on-7 tournament. Summerall returned to campus March 24 for the Hurricanes’ elite junior day event. The athlete, ranked No. 12 at his position by the 247Sports composite rankings, spoke glowingly of Miami after each visit.
Still, the Seminoles are a safe bet as the team to beat for the Polk County product. Associate head coach Odell Haggins hails from the county and excels at recruiting the area. Summerall visited Florida State for its junior day event Feb. 17.
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