UCLA Early Leader for Holmes

The Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian 2015 athlete, Darick Holmes, has a UCLA offer...

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian 2015 athlete Darick Holmes got an offer last summer from UCLA before he headed into his sophomore season.

And the Bruins are in a good place for the son of the former NFL running back of the same name.

"I'm still open right now because it's so early, but I love UCLA," said Holmes. "It's a great program."

UCLA has built somewhat of a pipeline at Oaks, signing five players from there in the last four classes, including three in the last two, one being Cameron Judge.

"Cameron is trying to have me commit right now," said Holmes.

But while Holmes has high interest in the Bruins, a number of other schools have piqued his interest.

"I've talked with Iowa and Idaho and I also like Oregon, Washington and Arizona State," said Holmes. "I know I want to stay in the Pac-12. This summer, we're going to try and visit Oregon."

Holmes' father played at Portland State and still has ties in Oregon, before he played with the Buffalo Bills and a couple of other NFL franchises.

"He and I are putting out my highlight tape and that should make the process faster and get it going more," said Holmes.

Holmes, who's 5-7, 160, said he's hoping to get bigger the next two years.

"I want to get to about 5-9, 5-10, 185 or so," said Holmes. "I don't really care which position I play, running back or receiver. I just want to get on the field."

UCLA offered Holmes as an athlete, Demetrice Martin the coach who offered.

"Coach Martin is who's recruiting me and who offered me," said Holmes. "They like me as an athlete and they'd see what happens and which position is best for me when I'd get there."

But Holmes doesn't see any kind of early decision on the horizon.

"I'll go through the whole process, go to some camps and take some visits before I decide anywhere," said Holmes.

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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