Junior update: Who's Hot After Lendy Holmes?

<B>Lendy Holmes</B>, the South Oak Cliff WR/CB/QB/ATH, is one of the top ten studs in this year's crop of 4/5-star bluechips. He's a must-grab by several powerhouse programs, including Texas, and the kid is really drawing mass attention.

With every school in the Big 12 offering, not to mention several out-of-state schools ready to pony up, some less-heralded programs are simply taking a seat on the stool, refusing to answer the bell and thus dropping out of the fight for the Dallas-area baller.

"Some of the schools have realized how hard it's going to be and have backed off completely," South Oak Cliff head coach J.B. Wallace told IT.

Holmes was IT's first junior update of the year and he's as athletic as anybody in this year's class, but where does he project at the next level? Texas and OU are offering the kid a shot at wide receiver/cornerback.

"They think he can play either," Wallace said.

"UCLA was in today and they're recruiting him strictly as a cornerback," Wallace revealed. "Syracuse was recently here and they want him at wideout."

"Florida said they have a top five in the state of Texas and he's one of the five on their list of top-Texas targets," Wallace continued. "And they're only going to look at five kids in Texas, at least that's what they said. They asked me if he'd consider going to UF. I said, 'I'm sure he would.'"


"Coach Eggan is bringing Dennis Franchione with him this next week and I'm sure they'll be doing their best to look good," Wallace said.

Wallace said Holmes is really enjoying the recruiting process thus far.

"He's loving it," Wallace exclaimed. "We were talking today about how we need to start narrowing his options down in preparation for his official trips. But he's enjoying himself right now. He likes the attention, but he's keeping his wits about him."

Who leads?

Good question, but Texas and OU appear to be in very good shape.

"After he went to OU and heard their pitch," Wallace told IT, "he came back very impressed with the Sooners. And the 41,000 in attendance also had a positive effect on him."

That said, A&M and Florida will do their best sales-pitchin' soon, hoping to get a foot in Holmes' door. Competition for one of those precious five official visits will certainly be stiff.

We'll have more on Holmes in this week's edition of the Inside Scoop.

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