"They started recruiting me in November. Coach (Eric) Bieniemy was the one who was interested and started calling me. They wanted me, Chris and Aaron (Meyer, a UCLA target on the offensive line) to all come and visit. Me and Chris went that weekend and I committed to them," said Holmes.
"I've never been to L.A. before. It was a real nice place. Justin London was my host. He is such a cool guy. He answered a lot of questions I had about being from out of state, and we talked about the defense and the system they run. I play on the outside, so he was telling me what the outside guys do. I also saw Chris Horton. I knew him when he played at (New Orleans) De La Salle last year. So there is another Louisiana guy," said Holmes.
Holmes said he and Johnson had discussed possibly committing if the offers came.
"We kind of new we would commit. We saw the campus and we just knew that this is where we would go. I told the coaches that I wanted to play there. My mom said she wanted me to wait, but when I told her, she was real excited for me. With Chris and I going there, it will make the transition easier. I talked to Aaron, and told him we want him to join us. I realize, it's UCLA. I want to go there and play," said Holmes.
Holmes was plenty enamored by his inaugural trip to the West Coast, and his experience on his visit was one he won't forget.
"We went to the Rose Bowl. What a nice stadium. Then we went to the basketball game against Michigan State. They had a cool ceremony. We saw a bunch of old players and we sat in the student section. It was cool to see the students get pumped about the game. They made jerseys for us with my number 49 on it. It was a just a nice trip, a very nice trip," said Holmes.
Holmes plans to spend the holidays watching the Silicon Valley Bowl and with family, but he isn't quite done with his trips.
"I'm going to go to Kentucky just to check it out. But I am committed to UCLA."