Which "Home" for Jr. OT Khaled Holmes?

One of Michigan's priorities for its 2008 football recruiting class will be the offensive line. One guy that is sure to be one of Michigan's top targets in this upcoming class is California OL Khaled Holmes. GoBlueWolverine took some time out to speak with the articulate young man, and Michigan legacy recruit, about his playing style, his goals, and his future.

Among the things that struck us about Khaled Holmes (pronounced Cal-led, rhymes with valid) were his politeness, his humbleness, his maturity, and his intelligence. Holding a 3.5 grade point average, Khaled has a lot to offer any school. "I believe that my best qualities are my athleticism and intelligence. I can contribute to a team with my talent and as a leader. Also, I believe I can represent my program well, both on and off the field." Khaled already holds written offers from the likes of Ole Miss and Nebraska, and he is receiving a lot of letters from other programs. Although USC and Michigan both stick out, Khaled emphasized (using all capitals) that he is keeping an open mind to any and all schools.

When asked what he is looking for in a school, Khaled maturely replied, "I am looking for an environment that can help me become better, as a student, a person and as an athlete." But don't look for him to commit to any school soon. "I plan to take as much time as possible to make this decision because it is one of the most important choices a young man can make, and it is a huge step into the rest of my life."

Though being courted by numerous programs, Khaled remains very humble about his playing skills. "There are many facets of the game that I can improve upon. My goal is to give up zero sacks this upcoming season, so I would like to improve my pass protection." In addition, Khaled would also like to win a CIF championship.

When asked about his off-field demeanor, Khaled said, "I am a kind-hearted guy. Everyone I meet calls me a big teddy bear." But don't let his self-description deceive you, this 6-foot-5, 290-pound teddy bear has claws. Heralding from California's storied Mater Dei program, this is one lineman that isn't afraid to bury you.

Khaled also holds an outstanding football pedigree. Khaled's father Mike Holmes played for Bo Schembechler at Michigan during the 1970's, while his older brother Alex Holmes, a current St. Louis Ram, was the starting tight end at USC from 2002-2004. Even at a young age, Khaled had an interest in Michigan football. "My dad always spoke about how much he loved the school and Bo Schembechler." It seems that both his father and his brother are already recruiting him to their respective schools. "Obviously, I am feeling pressure from both my father and my brother to attend their alma mater's. It was an interesting Rose Bowl in our house, to say the least." When asked if location will be a major factor in his decision, a factor that many believed kept his older brother in California, Khaled responded, "I think there is something in the back of my mind that wants me to stay home, however, I have always loved going back east, and traveling in general."

This reporter believes that, in this case, traveling beats staying at home, and that fathers always know best!

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