Holmes Hearing From NU

Cornerback Sabian Holmes (Southlake, TX) is mostly looking at schools in the south, close to his home. Despite that, Northwestern has snuck its way onto his list of potential programs.

Holmes, a cornerback from Carroll High School, holds offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, and Wyoming. He also has interest in Baylor, San Diego State, Texas A&M, and West Virginia. According to Holmes, the distance to Northwestern does present a potential issue.

"Location is probably the biggest concern," he said. "Its' pretty far for returning home for breaks and everything. That's pretty much it, it's just really far from home."

Despite the distance, Holmes said he liked several other factors at Northwestern, including its proximity to Chicago, and the highly ranked business school.

"Education comes first, of course," Holmes said. "The coaches said it has a really good business program, and that's what I want to major in. They said it's a pretty good school, and that's what I'm looking for."

In addition to the academics, Holmes said he is a fan of the Big Ten Conference. Northwestern is the only Big Ten school currently recruiting him.

"It's a nice conference, they have good teams in there which gives you a better look," he said. "I like it a lot. I watch the Big Ten when they're in season."

Holmes also said he was a fan of the style of defense Northwestern plays, and that he would likely feel very comfortable in the NU secondary.

"I like their type of defensive backs, they play a lot of man I would say," Holmes said. "They play some zone but I like more man with my receiver. It's pretty much what we do in high school. I'd be pretty comfortable with what they do."

Holmes said he plans to visit Northwestern sometime this summer, and also hopes to have his decision made before the summer ends.

"I would like to make it before the end of summer, that's what I would love," he said. "If worst comes to worst, I can make it at the end of the season, but if its up to me I would like to make it before the season starts."

Although distance is an issue and Holmes has yet to visit Evanston, he said thus far Northwestern seems like a school he would feel comfortable at.

"I can't go somewhere I wouldn't be comfortable, especially if it's far from home," Holmes said. "I think I might be a little uncomfortable moving [to Northwestern], but once I got there I think I'd be good."

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