Khaled Holmes Adds New Offer

Notre Dame has landed two offensive linemen in the 2008 recruiting class, but they will need to add at least two more. Khaled Holmes of Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, Calif.) is one of their top recruiting targets, but the Irish will need to make a big push in order to sign him.

Khaled Holmes (6-foot-5, 290 pounds) has scholarship offer from Nebraska, USC, Mississippi, Arizona, Stanford, Notre Dame and Oregon State.

"Recruiting has been going well," Holmes responded when asked about his contact with colleges. "I just got an offer from Cal. That's kind of thrown them into the mix, but I'm concentrating most on USC, Notre Dame and Stanford.

"I haven't heard from Michigan, which is kind of surprising, but I'm not disappointed. I'm pretty please with the schools that have offered me, so if Michigan doesn't offer I'm not going to worry about it."

Khaled's father played at Michigan, but his brother played at USC. Khaled is trying to keep an open mind as recruiting moves on, but he does have a leader.

"I'm leaning toward USC, but I'm not locked in with USC, "Holmes explained. Their recruiting classes the past six years have been dominant. They have crazy depth, but I want to be put in the position where I have to be pushed to be my best. The depth will turn some guys off, but it will make the competitive guys want to go even more.

"I think USC has a couple guys committed right now for the 2008 class. I think they're tackles, and they see me as a guard. I'm not sure how many more they'll take this year. I don't know much about the whole recruiting scene, but I do know USC's because they're local."

Notre Dame also has two interior linemen committed for the 2008 recruiting class and it is likely that they will only take two more.

"I've been talking with coach Polian every couple weeks," Holmes said. "I think they're coming out next week. I'd still like to take an official visit out there this fall.

"I haven't really decided if I'll take any trips this summer. I really need to see how things go. I haven't done any combines because I'm still rehabbing my foot. I had a stress fracture in my foot the whole season and I didn't know it. Its not a real big deal I just need to rest it.

"I'm not in a hurry to make my decision, but the quicker I make my decision, the quicker the school I pick will be able to finish up their recruiting. I'm not saying that I'm dictating what schools will be doing, but there are some times where schools are almost waiting on certain guys to make a decision."


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