11 Jalyn Holmes

Jalyn Holmes Ohio State
usaUnited States
Norfolk, VA
High School
Lake Traylor
Past Teams
Ohio State
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Post-OSU Update: Jalyn Holmes was the 102nd overall pick (4th round) of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Holmes played his first three years with the Vikings, starting nine games in his third year. The following three years he played with the Saints, Bears, and Jets. He has over 60 career tackles as of this writing. (updated: Jan. 2024)

Pronunciation: JAY-lyn

Jersey #: 11 (2016-17), 10 (2014-15)

Major: Family Resource Management (2016-17), Sport Industry (2015)

Weight: 270 (2017), 274 (2016), 265 (2015), 249 (2014)

2017 Media Guide: Jalyn Holmes is like a starting defensive end just without the starts … this true senior has played in 37 games the past three years and is coming off a season in which he played 400 snaps on defense plus an additional 35 plays on special teams … he ranks third among current Buckeyes with 11.0 career tackles for loss … he also has 55 career tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a pass break-up … Holmes is a favorite of the media on the Ohio State football beat. He isn’t afraid to switch from interviewee to interviewer, as he did numerous times last season. He’s an engaging young man who has a personality every bit as large – albeit humble – as his frame.

2016: 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 (to rank in a T3rd in the Big Ten) 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.

2016 Media Guide: Jalyn Holmes is an experienced, two-year letterwinner who is contending for a starting position and playing time at defensive end for the Buckeyes in 2016 … a true junior, Holmes has played in 24 games the past two seasons including all 13 games last year for the 12-1, Fiesta Bowl winning Buckeyes and in 11 games as a true freshman during the Buckeyes’ national championship season of 2014 … he has registered 22 career tackles and 2.5 tackles-for-loss … Holmes is a two-time Varsity O letterwinner.

2015: 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 … he also played a career-high 31 snaps on defense against the Hokies … had 22 defensive snaps in the Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame … also contributed on special teams for the first half of the season.

2015 Media Guide: Jalyn Holmes is eyeing a starting position on the defensive line after spending much of the spring practicing with the No. 1 unit … is about 25 pounds stronger this year after playing at 240 pounds last year … a true sophomore, Holmes played as a true freshman for the College Football Playoff national champions and earned his first Varsity O letter.

2014: 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 a personal-best 27 snaps on defense in the win over Illinois … had action 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, and one tackle-for-loss.

2014 Media Guide: Jalyn Holmes was a consensus four-star prospect and considered one of the premier defensive linemen in the nation.

High School: Registering 59 tackles-for-loss including 21 sacks the 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 VirginiaPrep.com 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 … 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.

Personal: Is the son of Tasha Holmes.



SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksSack YdsFFFRIntInt YdsPBUBlkDef TD
2014Ohio State9011651.01000000000
2015Ohio State13011561.531.021000000
2016Ohio State1303312218.5322.0191200100
2017Ohio State1462917123.0142.0101000300