JC coach discusses Holmes

When recruiting blue chip athletes the process gets very competitive. You need every edge you can. So when The University of Arizona set out to recruit Louis Holmes of Scottsdale Community College it didn't hurt that hurt that Scottsdale's coach played his college ball at the U.

Very prideful about the situation Coach Giavando said he was happy when his all world defensive end chose to play out his college career as a Wildcat.

Giavando, who grew up in Globe, played for the cats as a defensive lineman in 1964. To this day he still has the record for interceptions in a game by a defensive lineman.picking off two screen passes. 'Coach G.' says that he has never seen a player this highly recruited.

"In all my years I haven't seen anything quite like it."

Holmes decision came down to USC and U of A.

"Pete Carroll was extremely persistant. He kept saying he was going to fly in Tom Cruise," says coach Giavando. "U of A was also was persistant but also very respectful."

USC tried every thing to get Holmes to sign. They were sending coaches at the last minute.

"U of A was very honest," says Giavando "They told him that they weren't going to give Holmes something for nothing. That they expect more out of him because of his potential."

The one thing other than his talent that sets him apart is his humbleness.

"I respect his humbleness. He never walks around with his chest out," said Giavando.

Coach Mike Stoops and lead recruiter Tim Kish did a great job with Holmes.

"They spent a lot of time with Louis. They did not just talk about football like some other programs, they talked about education and life."

Holmes, who went to high school in Florida and signed at Ohio State originally, said Ohio State wasn't even in the picture. He says he did think about returning to Florida and playing at Florida State or Florida but feels He has settled in in Arizona. His plan is to major in business and go into real estate. That is if he doesn't land him a job on Sunday's.

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