Holmes To Stay In-State

Aaron Holmes is going to the ACC after all. The St. Petersburg Catholic guard reached his final decision Tuesday night and he's staying in the state of Florida.

On Tuesday night, Aaron Holmes ended his recruitment. The 6-foot-4 star out of St. Petersburg Catholic in Tampa, committed to the Florida State Seminoles.

Ranked No. 74 in the country by Scout.com, Holmes is the Seminoles second Top 100 prospect of the week. On Monday, Leonard Hamilton scored a big time commitment when Uche Echefu picked FSU over UNC.

For Holmes, his relationship with Hamilton turned out to be a big selling point. "Aaron just feels very comfortable with Coach Hamilton as someone who can mentor and guide him in the right direction both academically and athletically," Matt Ramker, one of Holmes' coaches with the Tallahassee Wildcats said. "Florida State was in there from Day One even before he had verballed to N.C. State. Once he officially opened it up, Coach Hamilton was right there."

Holmes had committed to N.C. State and then re-opened his commitment, citing that his decision was made too early in the process. A number of ACC and SEC schools swooped in on him and now it's a done deal, he'll play closer to home.

Ramker said that getting the commitment out of the way now will allow Holmes to focus on hoops for the rest of the summer.

"He's been good," Ramker said of Holmes this spring. "I think now with this behind him it'll allow him to open up and play relaxed. He's always been a great catch and shoot guy. His middle game is opening up. I think he's going to be a great player for Florida State in the mold of Tim Pickett on the court."

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