With ESPN's "SportsCenter" blaring in the background, OUInsider.com caught up with Metroplex speedster Lendy Holmes via telephone earlier this evening for a one-on-one interview.
Last season, the 6-foot-2, 187-pounder caught 38 passes for 505 yards and nine touchdowns. He also ran for 191 yards and two TDs on 42 carries.
On defense, the soft-spoken Holmes, who says he has has scholarship offers from the entire Big 12 Conference, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Miami, Tennessee and Oregon just to name a few, recorded six interceptions while playing free safety and cornerback.
This summer, Holmes, who runs a 4.4, played hoops for Team Texas, an AAU team, featuring Texas commitment LeMarcus Aldridge, and averaged 10 points per game.
OUInsider.com: What's the latest on your recruitment? Do you have a top five yet?
Holmes: "No, I really like everybody, so I can't decide."
OUInsider.com: Does that mean you're interested in Oklahoma?
Holmes: "Yes, most definitely. I can see myself playing there."
OUInsider.com: Are you sure you don't have a top five right now?
Holmes: "(Laughing), I've got a top 10, maybe a top five (more laughing). OK, I'd say OU, Texas, (Texas) A&M, and um…Kansas State and one more, how about Florida?"
OUInsider.com: From that answer, it sounds like Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M are the leaders for your services. Is that correct?
Holmes: "Yeah, I'm serious about all of them and Kansas State too."
OUInsider.com: As you well know, Rhett Bomar, the nation's top quarterback recruit, verbally committed to Oklahoma on Sunday. How much will that influence your college decision?
Holmes: "I kind of already knew he was going to OU from other people. It's good he's going there, but I still feel the same about them (OU). It (Bomar's commitment) affects me, but I'm still continuing to look at every school's quarterback. I like Stephen McGee (a Texas A&M verbal commitment), Vincent Young (Texas) and Reggie McNeal (Texas A&M)."
OUInsider.com: What factors will play the biggest roles in your decision?
Holmes: "Graduation rate, because I want a degree. I also want to see who teams have playing my spot. I'm not too much concerned about playing, but I just want to get in a little bit and get some experience. I don't have to start (as a freshman), because I know everybody in college is going to be good. They might even be better than me, but I'll adapt to it."
OUInsider.com In your top five, you mentioned OU first. What do you like about the Sooners?
Holmes: "They're a pretty good team with a great coaching staff. The campus is cool, because it's a small town and you can't get in that much trouble."
OUInsider.com: Refresh us about your visit to the Oklahoma's spring game in April. How was it?
Holmes: "It was nice, because it's only two hours away, so if I went to OU, I could come home sometimes. But I honestly don't care whether I stay close to home or not. Everybody (at OU) treated me great and I enjoyed the game."
OUInsider.com: When do you plan to make your verbal commitment?
Holmes: "Late, late in the (football) season."
OUInsider.com: Academically, what's your status? Will you be a full qualifier?
Holmes: "Yeah. I scored a 710 on my SAT, but I'm retaking it in October. I've got a ‘B' (grade point) average."
OUInsider.com: What separates you from other wide receivers?
Holmes: "I'm a clutch player. I always make the catches, whether they're good or bad. I'm just an all-around player."
OUInsider.com: Last question, if you had to make your college decision today, what school would you choose?
Holmes: "I'd probably say OU."
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