Long County football player Darvis Holmes signed a letter of intent June 12 to play football with Missouri.
Holmes, who played on both the offense and defense for the Blue Tide, said he was ecstatic to be getting the opportunity to play college ball.
“It feels great. I’m just glad that everything finally came together and it worked out,” Holmes said. “It’s like a dream come true. I want to thank God, my coaches, my mentors and my parents.”
Holmes becomes the first Long County football player to receive a scholarship to play at a Division I school.
Sunday, Holmes said the Tiger coaches told him he will play on the offense, but may see time on the defensive side of the ball.
As a member of the Blue Tide, Holmes played both tight end and defensive line. He was a three-year varsity starter, and was named to the 2-AA All-Region team both his junior and senior years.
“Darvis is getting anamazing opportunity to play at the highest level of football,” Long County head coach Eric McNair said. “He has great feet and explosive hips that will help him play on the offensive line.”
According to 247sports.com, Holmes was a four-star prospect with a 96 rating, and was the No. 14 offensive lineman draft prospect in the 2016 class. He becomes the highest rated member of Missouri’s 2016 class and bumps Missouri’s draft class up from No. 52 to No. 45.
The Tigers went 5-7 in 2015, but more importantly 1-7 in SEC play.
Holmes is 6 foot, 6 inches, weighs 325 pounds and can bench press 450 pounds; with Missouri’s offensive line struggling last year, he should see playing time and be able to make a contribution as a freshman.