Devon Holmes is dreaming big. The 6’1” junior wide receiver made his mark last season on the Wright City defense, intercepting a team-best six passes. But it is at wide receiver where Holmes …
Devon Holmes is dreaming big.
The 6’1” junior wide receiver made his mark last season on the Wright City defense, intercepting a team-best six passes.
But it is at wide receiver where Holmes hopes to continue his football career in college.
“His ceiling is whatever he wants it to be,” Wright City Head Coach Jeff Sargent said.
With above-average height, quick feet and good hands, it’s no surprise Sargent has already fielded calls from multiple NCAA Division-II and Division-I FCS (formerly I-AA) schools, despite a lack of varsity film.
Holmes caught just eight passes last season, but made the most of his opportunity, averaging 17.8 yards per catch.
This year he will be the No. 1 target for first-year quarterback Sean McDonald.
“We’ve had really good chemistry since seventh grade,” Holmes said. “People get mad that he throws me the ball a lot, but I’ve been 100 percent in practice this year on balls he’s thrown to me. We’re super close.”
Holmes said he and McDonald have talked about breaking the school record of 1,201 receiving yards, and he seems confident in reaching the mark.
Confidence isn’t an issue with Holmes, who thinks he can play at the highest level of college ball.
“I’d love to play at the University of Oregon,” he said. “They’re definitely my favorite team.”
Even without much varsity tape, coaches from the University of South Dakota, Missouri Western, Missouri State and Northwest Missouri State have already contacted Sargent.
“When we get some game film of him after the first few weeks, I might be getting some Division-I calls,” Sargent said. “I’m hoping we have that because it would be awesome for the kid. He’s good enough to play Division-I football.”
Holmes said his biggest focus will be on his footwork this season, and hopes the improvements will lead to more conversations with college coaches.
“I expect more colleges to contact me this year because Sargent has so many friends at the next level,” he said. “Coach Sargent has a lot of college coaches he can talk to, and that has definitely helped. I’ve talked to South Dakota’s coach and Lindenwood has sent me stuff in the mail.”
And while Oregon and the Pac-12 Conference might be tough to reach, Sargent thinks Holmes can get close.
“I think he could get into Conference USA or something like that,” Sargent said. “It’s all going to depend on how much time he wants to put in with football.”
Like confidence, dedication doesn’t seem to be an issue for the Wright City junior.
While most potential Divison-I players would stick with their preferred position, Holmes wanted to continue to help the Wright City defense.
“At first I was just going to play receiver,” Holmes said, “but I texted coach (Sargent) and told him I wanted to play corner and he said I could do it.”
At a recent practice he also was seen working with the kickoff return team, as well as punting.
“I’ve been playing both ways since I was 6, so I’ve gotten used to it.”
Wright City football fans should get used to Holmes making plays for the next three months.
“He’s a great basketball player, as well, but it’s hard to say his future isn’t in football,” Sargent said. “The sky is the limit for him.”.Kory Carpenter photo.