'08 Unwrapped: Khaled Holmes

With Stanford's offensive line recruiting apparently finished this year, the Cardinal are already at work with the Class of 2008. Stanford made a move this week by offering top in-state prospect, Khaled Holmes. The 6'6" offensive tackle from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei High School is the younger brother of one-time Cardinal recruit Alex Holmes but will be highly recruited on his own merits.

Class of 2008 prospect Khaled Holmes (6-6, 290) out of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., is no stranger to the recruiting process.

"I haven't necessarily been anxious about the process, since my brother was heavily recruited and always was a big recruiting guy in college," Holmes explains.  "I'm more excited than anything."

The Orange County native had a front-row seat when older brother and prep All-American Alex Holmes was courted by several schools before choosing to play tight end at USC.

The younger brother is an offensive tackle, and he is one of the most touted in California in the 2008 class.  So it is not surprise that weeks before Signing Day of the Class of 2007, Holmes already has a trio of offers, including a new one that hit this week.

"Nebraska and Ole Miss offered me earlier, and Stanford offered me this week," Holmes shares.  "The first one came [from Ole Miss] in the middle of the season, and that was pretty cool.  Coach O [Ed Orgeron] is a great guy, and he and my brother were pretty close when he was coaching at USC."

The Stanford offer came as a bit of a surprise for Holmes, but there is a connection there that is intriguing.

"When my dad was at Michigan, their ball boy was Jim Harbaugh," says Holmes, whose father Mike played for the Wolverines.  "I didn't know about that."

The 'small world' factor aside, Holmes does have a definite interest in Stanford.

"Any school that can offer the best of both worlds, especially more so on the academics, is a big drawing point.  Who knows where they will be in football, but the education is great," he offers.

Holmes has a 3.5 GPA in AP classes at Mater Dei.  He has taken the PSAT with plans to take the SAT in the spring.

"My GPA should go up, too, with this semester because football is time consuming," Holmes adds.

Several other schools have been showing interest in Holmes, and he thinks more offers will come following Signing Day.

"I've been getting a lot of letters since the beginning of the year, and they're spread around across the country.  USC, Michigan, Cal, UCLA - they've all written me letters," he details.

Holmes says he will not be making an early decision; he wants to go through the process.

"I'm going to take all of the time I can and hopefully take all of my visits," Holmes forecasts.  "I'm not going to commit early.  I want to wait and see what happens."

He does say, though, that USC and Michigan hold the advantage at this time, his familiarity with them being the difference.

Holmes was an all-league selection in 2006 as a tackle for Mater Dei.

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