Holmes makes it official

The Gamecocks picked up their third commitment of the night Friday when South Pointe (Rock Hill, SC) wide receiver Charles Holmes, a long time South Carolina lean, gave his pledge to USC following the first annual Gamecock Showcase camp. Read inside for all the details.

Charles Holmes, who measures in at an athletic 6'3" and 190 pounds, says he likes several aspects of the South Carolina program and is looking forward to his future with the Gamecocks.

"I committed to South Carolina tonight," said Holmes shortly following his commitment. "I really like their atmosphere a lot, and I just like the program. I like the way they set up their offense. And I like the way they let their players play on both sides of the ball."

Holmes says the South Carolina offense and the way they utilize their receivers was one of the big reasons he picked the Gamecocks.

"I like the way they use the offense. They get the wide receivers involved a lot, and I just like that."

Holmes is considered by many to be one of the best athletes in the Palmetto State's class of 2009, but academic hurdles have prevented many schools from pursuing him. According to Holmes, it was South Carolina's willingness to map out a plan for him to get into school that put the Gamecocks over the top.

"First I just have to go to prep school, and then I'll be good to go to South Carolina."

The big-bodied receiver, who was one of the top performers at USC's camp, described how he sees himself as a player.

"I like to make plays and have the ball in my hands, and go get it. I love the jump balls."

Now that he's officially committed to South Carolina, Holmes will spend his time trying to get his highly regarded teammate and friend Stephon Gilmore to come to USC with him. Holmes believes the Gamecocks have as good a shot as any for the versatile star.

"Right now he really likes South Carolina. It was just Alabama and Tennessee for him, but now he put South Carolina in the mix, too."

Holmes, who runs the forty-yard dash in 4.62 seconds, believes he can be an impact player in the Garnet and Black, and he described what he will bring to the offense once he makes it to Columbia.

"Offensively I think I can help them out a lot. I think I can get around a lot and catch balls anywhere and go up and make catches."

Holmes caught 44 passes for nearly 1,000 yards and 6 touchdowns in his junior season. He becomes the third wide receiver to commit to the Gamecocks following USC's camp, joining DeAngelo Smith and DeMario Bennett. He is USC's tenth commitment in the 2009 class.

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