Holmes has received 18 offers as of May 30, with the most interest coming from Rutgers, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Florida, Tennessee and Oklahoma.
Holmes does not have an official top five list at this point, because of all the interest coming his way. About the list, Holmes said, "[The schools listed] are the schools I feel most comfortable with. I really cannot say at this point, what my top five schools are, with seven offers coming in the past two weeks. I am just trying to find out about each school coming in and to see if they will be in my top five."
Holmes has specific reasons for liking each of the schools listed above.
Rutgers - "The program is on the come up, and it is my home school at that. I have developed a relationship with the coaching staff and they are getting to know me as a player. Rutgers is a program I would look into if I wanted to stay home."
Maryland – "I like a lot about them. They recruited me as a freshman, and I like the coaching staff. I have developed a close relationship with their staff. My cousin, Bearthur Johnson is already attending Maryland."
Pittsburgh – "I feel really attached to them. The coaching staff showed a lot of interest early, and I feel like I could be a part of the team early."
Florida – "They came at me really strong. I have spoken to the coaching staff and they are interested in me. They have been straight-forward about recruiting me and they are not looking to sit me as a true freshman."
Tennessee/Oklahoma – "I like their history of producing great defensive lineman, like Albert Haynesworth at Tennessee and Tommie Harris at Oklahoma."
For summer visits, Holmes is heading out Florida, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Miami (Fl), Syracuse and, "every school I have on the top of my list." Factors in Holmes decision are, "Wherever I feel most comfortable, schools with a good criminal justice or business and marketing program, and a school which I feel a really close bond with coaches and players. Somewhere my family will feel comfortable.
After winning a state title with Hoboken HS as a freshman, Holmes said he wants to leave the program as a champion as well. He also is looking to improve on his junior statistics of 83 tackles and 11 sacks, saying, "Maybe 90 tackles and 15 sacks." Holmes just started a conditioning program with a goal to bench between 385-400 lbs, squat 550 lbs, and run in the 4.8-4.9 range for speed.
Looking for areas to improve on, Holmes said, "I am trying to improve stamina wise, my take-offs and explosiveness. It is never perfect; I am just working hard to get better."
While Isaac Holmes is getting better, the offers continue to come in from all over the country.
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