Kavahra Holmes called Tuesday one of the most exciting days of his life.
Prior to last weekend, Holmes was on the LSU board as a prospect of interest – meaning his scholarship offer hinged upon big performances at the Tigers camps in June and July.
The Breaux Bridge, La. native arrived to LSU on Sunday, where he worked out for wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales. Recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Frank Wilson, who is recruiting Holmes to LSU, told the rising senior that he was beginning camp on a high note – meaning the staff was impressed.
On Monday, Holmes showed off more of the same.
A state champion in the 400 meters (with a winning mark of 46.3 – good for best in the nation), Holmes blew past cornerback after cornerback for touchdowns in the one-on-one portion of the workout. He mixed in a number of solid routes, and after flashing some of the best hands among all the wide receivers, the staff had seen enough.
Before heading back to Breaux Bridge on Monday evening, Holmes had a conversation with Wilson, who invited him to return to campus on Tuesday – but this time there would be no working out involved.
“The coaches wanted to go ahead and get it done, so they told me and my dad to come back,” said Holmes, who made the trek over with LSU commitment Lamar Louis and Texas A&M commitment Davante’ Bourque. “Les Miles offered me not too long after I showed up, and I went ahead and told him I was ready to commit.
“It feels great. He was very excited, and he said that I am making this class even stronger with my speed and abilities at receiver. I feel like they wanted to be done at the position and only had a scholarship left, so it was an honor for coach Miles to say that he wanted me to get offered.”
No surprise from a Breaux Bridge native, Holmes said that his friends and family were all on board with the decision.
“My dad was happy for me, and when I talked with my mom she said that she was good with it if I felt it was right,” he said. “We looked at the academic situation as well as football, and it all fit.
“Lamar was pumped up because now that’s three kids from our team that have committed to LSU this year. I even saw (former Breaux Bridge defensive lineman) Quentin Thomas on Tuesday, and he had already heard that I had committed. It was a great day for us.”
Holmes, whose latest offers were in from TCU and LSU, said that his process is over and he will not continue to entertain other options.