HIGHLAND SPRINGS, Va. -- Defensive end Da'Shawn Hand, the No. 2 prospect in the 247Composite, may have been the most heralded player competing in Saturday's College Prep World Virginia Camp, but the recruitment of Jalyn Holmes, who also was in attendance, doesn't appear to be any less intense.
The 6-feet-5, 225-pound four-star weak-side defensive end from Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor has so many scholarship offers he has "lost track." South Carolina became the most recent college to offer, doing so last week.
At this stage, Holmes isn't saying who stands out although it is believed that Florida State and Virginia Tech are among his leading contenders. Holmes hasn't made any visits since checking out North Carolina back in March.
"Everybody is coming about the same," Holmes said. "Everybody is coming hard."
A few schools, though, are pursuing him harder than the others, according to Holmes.
"I'd say Florida State, Virginia Tech, UNC and Tennessee," Holmes said.
Next on the schedule for Holmes: A visit to Clemson for team camp June 12. He also took part in a camp there last year.
Asked if there were any other colleges he wanted to visit this summer, Holmes replied, "Florida State. They're a school I've always wanted to go to."
* Speaking of Hand, the five-star standout from Woodbridge (Va.) said his top five remains unchanged despite a positive visit to Auburn last weekend.
Five-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand was unblockable in one-on-ones.
"It's no creeping or anything .. It was fun, it was good, but you know," Hand said. He added that he would consider visiting the Tigers again, "but I'm not really putting them in the hunt or anything."
Hand's top five, in alphabetical order is Alabama, Florida , Michigan, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. He has visited all but the Gators, but plans to check them out soon.
*Top247 defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi of Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes, who was dominant Saturday, doesn't have the hype or rankings that Hand and Holmes do, but he believes he is in their league.
"I think I'm one of the best in the state," he said.
Based on Nnadi's dominating performance Saturday, it would be hard to argue otherwise.
Virginia and Virginia Tech both are factors, as are Florida State, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State. Nnadi has more than a dozen offers, but has only visited a few schools because of "transportation" difficulties.
He may not be able to take ou-of-state trips until his officials.
Nnadi is the No. 9 defensive tackle in the 247Composite.
Four-star defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi had an impressive outing.
*Interest in three-star defensive tackle Tyler Powell of Midlothian (Va.)(Cosby) continues to pick up. Powell, who posted a career-best 40-yard dash time of 4.78 seconds Saturday, now claims 10 offers, with Marshall, Purdue and Wisconsin being the most recent.
Nobody leads, but Powell called Cincinnati, Purdue and Wisconsin big offers.
"The Wisconsin offer came out of nowhere," the 6-feet-4, 245-pound Powell said.
Powell thinks Maryland and Virginia Tech could be close to offering. Both programs would like to see him in camp this summer and he plans to oblige. Wake Forest is another school showing a lot of interest he said.
*Robbie Robinson, a 2016 cornerback from Hampton (Va.) Phoebus, will be one to watch in the coming years. He already has an offer from Old Dominion and interest from Michigan and Virginia.
*Torrey Dixon, a 2014 running back from Dumfries (Va.) Potomac, said he is hearing from Georgia Tech and Norfolk State, the latter of which has visited his school this spring. Dixon rushed for more than 1,200 yards last season.
*Cornerback Evrett Edwards of Duke attended the camp to support his former high school teammates at Woodbridge (Va.). A member of the 2013 Blue Devils signing class, Edwards was an early enrollee at Duke.
*Hand did 26 reps of 185 pounds on the bench, four shy of the top effort by any camper.
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