Scottsdale stud Holmes in town for Ark.

Five-star recruit Louis Holmes is considered by some to be the No. 1 player in the juco ranks and one of the top defensive ends in America for the Class of 2006.

Standing at 6-foot-6, tipping the scales at a shade under 270 pounds and posting a legitimate 4.6-time in the 40-yard dash it is easy to see why this specimen is so highly regarded.

The Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College product has been at the top of LSU's recruiting chart since Karl Dunbar caught wind of him and this past weekend he was in Tiger Country for his official visit.

"It went alright," Holmes said. "It was a good visit."

Holmes had already been to Baton Rouge once before when he took an unofficial trip over the summer but this time he got to spend a lot more time with the coaches to talk about where he fit in in the grand scheme of things.

"They said that I have a great chance to come in and play right away," Holmes said. "They said with my size and speed, I could be a force coming off the corner. That is exactly what I wanted to hear."

Holmes said he got to spend a lot of time with the players and that he liked the way everyone got along.

Melvin Oliver and E.J. Kuale teamed up to host Holmes and another juco defensive end Dexter Manley, Jr. on the trip.

Holmes said he and Manley got along good and the two even talked about what it would be like to line up opposite of one another wearing the same uniform.

"He was a cool guy," Holmes said of Manley. "He might come out and here and hang out with me when his semester ends. We talked about playing together but I have to do what is best for me. It would be nice, though, to have another guy like that on the other side."

There has been some talk surfacing on other internet message boards that Holmes did not have a very good trip and did not get a good feel for Baton Rouge. He said that some of his comments may have been taken out of context so he laid out his thoughts again

"I'm a city person and Baton Rouge is kind of a country town so I'd have to get used to a smaller place," he said. "That is all I meant."

Can he see himself at LSU?

"Yea," he said. "I could see myself there."

Holmes said he has a trip to Florida State tentatively scheduled for this weekend and then he will go to Florida after that. He has already bee to USC on an official and he has been to Arizona several times unofficially.

Is he ready to claim a leader?

"No," he said. "Everybody's pretty even right now."

So, now that Holmes had a little time to relax from all of the airports and traveling how would he rate his official visit to LSU?

"I'd rate it a 10," he said.

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