C.J. Holmes, one of the top athletes in the East, saw his recruitment change dramatically in the last week when he earned an invitation to The Opening Finals, and saw his recruitment go bi-coastal.
The Cheshire (Conn.) Academy standout, who is being recruited as a running back and safety, was offered by UCLA. He is the No. 27 athlete in the country.
"This offer is big for me," the 6-foot, 196-pound Holmes said. "It's my first Pac-12 offer, from a great school, aside from their success on the field. It's another opportunity to get a world-class education and have a great time winning games. That's huge.
"And that west coast life style speaks for itself. So I'm stoked."
Holmes is being recruited by UCLA as a running back. He does not have visit plays set, but he is hopeful of visiting in June or early July.
It is the second offer the Bruins put out at Chesire Academy. They are in the top five for Tarik Black, the No. 15 receiver in the nation.
"(Assistant) coach (Tom) Bradley offered me," Holmes said. "We talked on the phone. Our conversation was great; nice and up beat. I can tell he is a high energy guy and he spoke very sincerely to me, which proves he is genuine.
"I have not talked to a lot of coaches on staff so I can't speak for others. But if they are like coach Bradley, then that's a great situation."
"I would like to try to stray away from the idea of a Top 3 .. I miss-worded myself in past interviews," He said. "I want to make it very clear that my recruiting is still very open. The schools I mentioned before are the schools I talk to the most and are leaning towards, but I'm not shutting any doors.
"This offer is, hopefully, one of many to come. I've been very blessed and would like to make sure I'm weighing all my options."