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Up until a few days ago, wide receiver Gavin Holmes was committed to the Duke Blue Devils. But on June 15, Holmes backed off his pledge and two days later found himself with an offer from Dino Babers and the Syracuse Orange.

Holmes is a 5-foot-11 speedster who was laser timed at 4.43 in the 40 at The Opening regional in Dallas recently, so it makes sense that the Orange would be intrigued by this potential weapon for the Babers offense. Last season as a junior, the Justin, Texas (located between Fort Worth and Denton, for those familiar with the area) native caught 59 balls for 830 yards and eight touchdowns.

Holmes has a wide variety of offers from all across the country, including Boise State, Bowling Green, Iowa, Kansas, Nevada, Utah, and Wisconsin, to name just a few, and now Syracuse has thrown its hat into the ring – though the Orange aren’t the first upstate New York program to express interest: Cornell and former SU wide receivers coach Bobby Acosta have also offered the lightning quick ball catcher.

The wideout is a 3-star prospect and continues the trend in recent Syracuse receiver offers, in that the primary targets for Babers and his staff have all boasted elite – or nearly elite – level speed. Holmes is a home run threat who has the ability to get behind the secondary thanks to that speed, and he tracks the ball well while it’s in the air and does a nice job of adjusting his body to complete catches. He’d be a dynamic addition to the Syracuse offense.

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