"Coach Curtis Johnson came to my school on Thursday and I found out what Miami had already offered me a scholarship," Holmes said. "They had sent me the package in the mail the first of the month but it got lost. When coach Johnson confirmed that, I was pretty excited about the whole thing."
Holmes, a talented defensive tackle prospect from San Diego (Point Loma HS), knew the Hurricanes were one of his top choices.
"I've always liked Miami," he said. "I always thought about how nice it would be to get a chance to play there someday. It didn't take me long to realize that Miami is where I wanted to be."
Therefore, Holmes picked up the phone on Friday and called defensive coordinator Randy Shannon to inform him of some good news.
"I told Coach Shannon that I was committing to them," he said. "I talked to him for a good 15 minutes. He seemed pretty happy. Then today I talked to Coach Coker. He said he was very happy and that he thinks I made a good choice to become a Hurricane."
Holmes said he also has written offers from Texas Tech, Colorado, Nebraska, Washington State, Utah, and San Diego State. He's clearly one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the entire state.
"The number one thing as a defensive lineman is you have to be able to get off the ball quickly," he said. "I'm real good with my first step. I'm very strong in my upper body and I have good sideline to sideline speed."
The talented defender was one of the top defensive linemen who attended the Scout.com combine in L.A. earlier this month. He checked in at 6-feet and 263 pounds, ran a 5.26/40, ran a 4.85/shuttle, and jumped 23 inches on the vert.
"My times were the best among all the defensive tackles," he said.
Holmes began playing football at age six and has spent the past two seasons as a varsity starter.
As a sophomore, he had 56 tackles, 17 for loss, and nine sacks. As a junior last season, he finished the year with 100 tackles, 14 for loss, and 14 sacks.
Now Holmes, who carries a 3.0 GPA and will test for the first time next month, is done with the recruiting process.
"I'm a Hurricane," he said. "I made a commitment and I'm a man of my word. I've always wanted to play football in the state of Florida and this is my big opportunity. Miami's football program is always great. I think they're the top team in the NCAA. They're real aggressive with their defense and I get along really well with the coaches. It's a good match. I'll take my official visit there during the season."
Many people wonder why the Hurricanes pulled the trigger before local powers, such as USC, got heavily involved. Holmes explained.
"USC wanted me to come to their camp and go up against some of the offensive linemen they are recruiting," he said. "I didn't want to do that so I went ahead and took the offer from Miami."
DT Details Committment to UM
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