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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Chicago Sun Times: Ex-DePaul star Kevin Holmes excited about son’s NFL draft chances

Sean Jensen
Chicago Sun-Times
April 26, 2011

Kevin Holmes, a four-year basketball starter at DePaul in the 1980s, didn’t hesitate when presented with a scheduling conflict last week.

Grover Cleveland High School in Reseda, Calif., planned to retire his jersey number Friday while his eldest son, Andre, would be waiting near Hillsdale College in Michigan to see when and if he’s
selected in the NFL draft.

‘‘It’s kind of unfortunate that it happened around the same time,’’ Holmes said. ‘‘But that [decision] was a no-brainer. This is a big time in my son’s life, and I definitely have to be there for him. I’m an old guy. My window has closed. It’s his time now.’’

Andre Holmes didn’t generate much of a buzz at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, but he dominated at Hillsdale — most notably setting school records for catches (104) and receiving yards (1,368) last season — and has impressed scouts and coaches in the months since. He has talked to numerous teams and visited with the Bears, Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots.

At 6-4, 210 pounds with 4.4-4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, Holmes could be the sort of pick who’d make casual football fans scratch their heads if his name was called during the draft later this week.
Holmes relishes that position.

‘‘I just figure that playing Division II, I’ve always been kind of under the radar, and that gives you a lot more motivation to get your name out there,’’ Holmes said. ‘‘People are starting to get to know my name; I’m getting a lot of calls from teams. I feel like every day my name gets a little bigger.’’

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