Holmes Reviews MD Visit, Talks Commitment

Prized New Jersey lineman Isaac Holmes has visited Maryland on numerous occasions, but he entered his trip last week with a different mindset – considering the possibility to verbally committing. How did the visit go, and did Holmes pull the trigger on a commitment? TurtleSportsReport.com has the scoop …

The visit was great, Holmes, said, but he didn't commit.

"I really [considered] verbally committing or something to try to get something going," he said, "but I decided I really want to see some of the other schools first."

Holmes, who holds 21 offers including quite a few big-name programs – Oklahoma, Florida and Notre Dame among them – said his decision to wait on a commitment had nothing to do with the visit. Rather, it came from a decision he had with his mother.

"She said that I have worked so hard for this and I have all of these schools looking at me, so it might be a bad idea to commit to a school" this early, he said. "The visit overall was great as always. Everybody showed a lot of love. It's a great place … I really just don't want to hurry making a decision because it's the biggest decision of my life."

Holmes spent much of his visit hanging out with his cousin and former Hoboken teammate, redshirt freshman Bearthur Johnson. He also spent time with the coaches, including his recruiter, Dave Sollazzo.

"I don't think he was too disappointed because he's willing to wait it out," Holmes said.

Holmes would like to visit Oklahoma, Pitt and some of the Florida schools this summer and take three official visits this fall before committing.

"Maryland is still my favorite," he said.

We also asked him about the possibility of he and teammate Bernardo Nunez, a highly sought defensive end, coming to Maryland together.

"We just talked about that. It would be great if it happens, but we have to make the best decision for both of us," he said, adding, "actually, he's really high on Maryland."

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