UNT offers standout Denton defensive lineman

Denton High defensive lineman Dailon Holmes wants to finish his high school career by making a statement and becoming the first Bronco in years to sign with a Football Bowl Subdivision school.

North Texas offered Holmes that opportunity recently when the school became the first to offer him a scholarship.

“It was big for me because of the history of Denton High,” Holmes said. “I am the first player to get an offer since Herman Johnson in 2004. It’s a big honor. I feel like I give the underclassmen hope and inspiration. You can always reach your goals. God has a plan for you.

“I want to show people the man I have turned into.”

Holmes, who is 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, was an honorable mention All-District 5-4A selection as a junior last season.

“He’s got a great frame and has some more growing to do,” Denton coach Kevin Atkinson said. “He has a great work ethic and is very eager.

“He could play defensive end or defensive tackle. He is about 238 right now. He has potential to get even bigger. I could see him play inside at a three technique or be very difficult to block on the edge as well.”

Holmes plans to attend UNT’s next junior day on March 18. Texas A&M and UTSA are also showing interest in Holmes, who was invited to Kansas State’s Junior Day. He was unable to make it to Kansas due to the weather. Arizona and Louisiana-Lafayette have also shown interest.

“We have had quite a few people request video on him,” Atkinson said. “Once you get that first to offer they all tend to come. I would like to see him play at North Texas and be close to home. For us here, it would make it easy to go and see him play.”

Holmes said he could see himself continuing his career at UNT and is interested in learning more about the Mean Green’s program.

“North Texas could be a good fit for me,” Holmes said.

UNT has put an emphasis on opening up a pipeline to the Denton ISD schools under Dan McCarney. Former Guyer standout John Shilleci signed with UNT last year.

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