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Villanova football recruiting: WR Dev Holmes de-commits from ‘Nova, selects Albany

The 5-8 wide receiver is staying home.

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One of the first few commits of the Class of 2018, Troy High School’s (N.Y.) two-way standout Dev Holmes has chosen to go elsewhere.

Holmes, a 5-foot-8 and 160 pound athlete, opted to play as a wide receiver for Villanova in early August. As of Thursday night, he announced the decision to enroll at CAA rival Albany instead, which just a short 15-minute ride from his home.

At Troy, Holmes made an impact as a wide receiver, cornerback, and returner. He was a key player in Troy’s back-to-back NYSPHSAA Class AA state championships.

He saved one of his best performances for last. In the 2017 title game against Lancaster, he tallied eight catches for 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Defensively, he had six tackles and an interception. Holmes was given First Team All-State honors for his play during his senior season.

While ‘Nova loses out on Holmes, the Wildcats will be bringing in recent commits Andrew Perez and Dan Cirino this fall, at the receiver position.