DEJalyn Holmes

Ohio State — Big Ten
  • Height: 6046
  • Weight: 279
  • Hometown: Norfolk, VA
  • Age: 22


Ohio State Overview: Jalyn Holmes, a true senior for the Buckeyes in 2017 and a team captain, played in 51 games and made nine starts in 2017 along a defensive line overflowing with talent. Holmes played in 11 games during the Buckeyes’ 2014 national championship season and he was a part of bowl victories over Alabama (Sugar Bowl), Oregon (CFB national championship game), Notre Dame (Fiesta Bowl) and USC (Cotton Bowl). He also was on Big Ten title-winning teams in 2014 and 2017. A two-time all-conference honoree, Holmes racked up 84 career tackles along with 14.0 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 quarterback sacks. He also contributed four pass break-ups, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He is nearing completion of his degree in family resource management. 

2016 (Junior): Holmes played in all 13 games for the second consecutive season and was credited with 33 tackles, including 8.5 tackles-for-loss (32 yards) and two quarterback sacks ... he also had three quarterback pressures, recovered two fumbles and forced a fumble ... both of his sacks came in the overtime win at Wisconsin ... pressured Oklahoma quarterback and throw was picked off by Jerome Baker and returned 68 yards for an Ohio State touchdown and 14-0 lead.

2015 (Sophomore): Holmes played in all 13 games and was credited with 11 tackles, including a career-best six in the season-opening win over Virginia Tech ... had 22 defensive snaps in the Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame ... also contributed on special teams for the first half of the season.

2014 (Freshman): Holmes played in 11 games for the Buckeyes with the vast majority of his playing time along the defensive line, although he did play on some special team's units in six games ... played in both the Big Ten championship game win over Wisconsin and the national championship game win over Oregon ... recorded 11 tackles on the year, including five vs. Kent State.

High School: Holmes was a consensus four-star prospect and considered one of the premier defensive linemen in the nation ... registering 59 tackles-for-loss including 21 sacks his last two seasons for Lake Taylor High School, Holmes was ranked as high as the No. 4 weak-side defensive end by both Rivals and 247Sports and the No. 13 defensive end, overall, by Scout ... among the Top 100 players nationally according to 247Sports (No. 51) and Rivals (No. 55) ... ranked on the ESPN 300 (166) ... he helped Lake Taylor, under coach Hank Sawyer, to a 10-3 record in 2013 and reach the semifinals of the Virginia 4A state playoffs ... named all-state as a senior by with 48 tackles, 19 TFLs and 10 sacks ... helped Lake Taylor win its first Virginia 4A state championship in 2012 -- capping a 15-0 season -- with 79 tackles, including 40 tackles for loss and 11 sacks ... named Division III first-team all-state as a tight end (24-351-7) in 2012 ...

Personal: Attended Nike's The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., after his junior season ... played in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl after his senior season ... is the son of Tasha Holmes.