"I think it was during that period in July when I was gone for two and a half weeks," Holmes said of when he decided to remain close. "I missed home so much that I didn't want to leave the state for school."
Droves of colleges went to see him. They swam up stream against the Orlando traffic at the AAU Nationals to watch his team, the San Antonio Rohawks, play at offside venues. Schools like Illinois, Baylor, Clemson and Purdue fell hard for him and would have offered had he not narrowed his list.
Last season, Holmes accounted for 24 points, 10 boards and three blocks a game.
Last week, he visited Texas A&M again. "It was a lot of fun and I liked it a lot," he said. "This time I saw everything." The Aggies lead. "Right now they are because I haven't really seen Texas. I've only met one of the Texas coaches before."
Holmes wants to be aggressive with his decision. He's attempting to set up something with the Longhorns in the immediate future. His official visit will likely be an afterthought once he's made his decision.
"My parents want me to compare a couple of schools."