It is no secret that Scottsdale Community College defensive end Louis Holmes is the Cat coaching staff's number one target. Holmes is being heavily recruited by the absolute heavy weights from around the country. Take your pick, whether it is two time defending national champs USC or perennial powers Oklahoma, Florida, Florida State or LSU the list is long and impressive. He has taken just two official visits so far to LSU and USC and was supposed to visit Florida this weekend but the big native Floridian changed his mind and will now visit Tucson officially.
"I just wanted to call and let you know that I am visiting U of A this weekend on an official," Holmes told Cat Tracks on Wednesday evening. "I had dinner with Coach (Mark) Stoops and I decided that I wanted to visit officially this time. We talked and I guess I will be hosted by Marcus Smith which is cool with me, me and Marcus are cool."
Holmes has already been to Tucson almost 20 times in the past year to take in basketball games, football games and just to visit some friends he has on campus. He made the decision that he wanted to make things official so he could compare Arizona to his other two visits.
"I liked it at USC," he said. "I got along good with the players and the coaches are all real cool. Coach (Pete) Carroll was here on Monday and we had a good visit. LSU was good too but when I was there I just didn't really feel it too much. I am more of a big city type of guy and Baton Rouge is a nice place but it seemed like it was a little too country for me. The coaches and the players and the fans were all cool but it just didn't really do it for me."
So that leaves Arizona and the Wildcat coaching staff. Holmes is being recruited by UA linebackers coach Tim Kish, who recruits that Valley for the Cats, but has had a chance to meet with just about all of the coaches at some level or another.
"Me and Kish are cool, I like him a lot," said Holmes. "He is always straight up with me and has really been on me the longest. I like the rest of the coaches too though. Coach (Joe) Robinson is a good guy and I like both of the Stoops brothers."
When asked if he was possibly close to a decision, Holmes said that he didn't know, but dropped a line that is sure to make Wildcat fans squirm.
"Man I don't know at all really," he said. "I have a lot to think about man and I mean it could end this weekend, I just don't know."
Holmes isn't the only big time target coming in this weekend. The coaches will also host two very talented receivers from southern California powerhouse Long Beach Poly. Both Travon Patterson and Terrance Austin are scheduled to be in Tucson and Cat Tracks' all everything writer Matt Messina caught up with the four star Patterson to get his thoughts.
Patterson went on to say what he likes about Arizona and even what the current personnel has to do with his decision to visit Tucson.
"I like the fact that Coach (Mike) Stoops is taking over," the wide out explained. "I also like that they played their freshman quarterback in Willie Tuitama, who now has college experience, and they need receivers. I also like the coaching staff."
Patterson said that the coaching staff explained to him what to expect and what they wanted him to get out of his visit to the desert.
"They want to introduce me to the environment and the coaches and students and see how I would fit in," Patterson said. "They have not yet decided who my host will be. I will see when I get there. I have never been to Arizona before and I am excited to get there and see what it is all about."
The Wildcat coaches will also host four prospects that have already decided that they want to be Wildcats. Current commitments Brooks Reed and Glyndon Bolasky from Tucson Sabino will make the short trip to campus for their official visits and they will be joined by Dallas Kimball stud cornerback Cam Nelson and Apache Junction, Arizona tight end Cody Anderson who should make it to town.
Other prospects that are scheduled to visit this weekend include junior college offensive linemen Fenuki Tupou and James Tretheway, four star wide receiver Delashaun Dean, three star wide receiver Terrell Turner, stud Texas lineman Demarcus Love and there just may even be a five star surprise in order for Wildcat fans.
Amendment--Moreno Valley, California defensive end D'Aundre Reed is supposed to take an official visit this weekend as well.
Matt Messina and Brad Allis both contributed to this report.