After countless trips to Palestine, Texas for family reunions, South Oak Cliff wide receiver Lendy Holmes knows the four-hour, round-trip all too well.
"I just close my eyes and go to sleep," said Holmes, whose father has family in the East Texas town. "When, I wake up, I'm close to getting there."
Seemingly, the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder is just as familiar with Palestine's prized, uncommitted running back Adrian Peterson.
"He's coming (to Oklahoma)," said Holmes, who often "catches up" with Peterson during those trips. "I'm pretty sure of that."
After starting this season as a wide receiver and then moving to quarterback in week two, Holmes, who committed to the Sooners in September, only played in four games due to a collarbone injury.
Last Friday, he didn't play in South Oak Cliff's first-round playoff game, a 35-13 loss to Woodrow Wilson, because he aggravated the injury in his team's final regular season game vs. Roosevelt.
"I'm still pretty upset about it," said Holmes, who finished the season 19-of-42 passing for 358 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. His only catch of the season was a 27-yard touchdown reception. "Nobody wants to miss any of their senior year."
Originally a "soft commitment," but now a lock for Norman, Holmes said he chose the Sooners because of his relationship with receivers coach Darrell Wyatt and head coach Bob Stoops.
"They've got the best coaches in the nation," said Holmes, who received scholarship offers from the entire Big 12 Conference, Arkansas, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin. "Plus, I've got a good chance of graduating there."
Before officially arriving in Norman, however, Holmes must first score at least an 820 on his SAT. He made an 800 on his first attempt and plans to take the test again in January.
"I'm really not worried," said Holmes, a 3.0 student, who plans to major in physical education at Oklahoma. "I'll pass it next time."
Because of Oklahoma's expected returning depth at wide receiver, where Holmes expects to play in college, he is unsure whether or not he will see playing time as a freshman.
"If they need me right away, that's cool," said Holmes, who caught 38 passes for 505 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior. "If not, I'll just sit out and get bigger."
Regardless, Holmes is confident that he will make an immediate impact at Oklahoma.
"Once I learn the (offensive) system, I'll be good to go," said Holmes. "That shouldn't be much of a problem, because I'm a fast learner."
On the field, Holmes said he's comparable to Minnesota Viking wideout Randy Moss and San Francisco 49er wide receiver Terrell Owens.
"I burn people and out-jump them," said Holmes. "Catch a little hitch pass and go all the way. I pretty much do it all."
As the Sooners march closer and closer to a possible national championship berth with each victory, Holmes said he's not surprised by Oklahoma's domination this season.
"They're always going to have a good team," said Holmes. "Bob Stoops is too good of a coach to be anything less than a winner."
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