Holt Waiting on an Offer

The 6-4, 205-pound wide receiver/athlete from San Diego, <B>Menelik Holt</b>, has man reasons to feel connected to the UCLA program. He talks about his recruitment after participating in last weekend's Skills Camp...

San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine receiver Menelik Holt (6-4, 205) was one of the top targets for Michigan-bound quarterback Jason Forcier last fall, and early in the recruiting process, he has two offers to his name, and three other schools he thinks could be offering soon.

"I've gotten offered by San Diego State and Nebraska. UCLA said they could be offering me pretty soon, and Oregon and Colorado are also talking with me a lot. Those schools are pretty much my top five."

Michigan, California and USC are three other schools that he is hearing from, though none have given him the attention that his top five have. "Cal and USC are starting to call me some, and Michigan, I've heard from them too," Holt said.

Last weekend, Holt attended the UCLA Skills Camp, and felt his performance there was what made the staff hint at an offer. And though an offer from the Bruin staff wouldn't immediately get a commitment, Holt said it would give them a decided edge.

"They really worked us hard there, so I had to show I was ready for it. If they offered, it would be a big thing for me. My cousin (Alex Ghebreselassie) goes there, it's in-state, and I want to go to school in California. It would make them probably my top school."

The UCLA staff has a pair of coaches who have ties to both San Diego and the receiver position. Head coach Karl Dorrell prepped at Helix High as a receiver, and receiver coach Dino Babers is from San Diego, so it's no surprise they are scouring the lower part of California for wideouts.

Holt said, "Coach Babers and Coach Dorrell are really good teachers as well as coaches. They are both from San Diego, too, so we have that in common."

The plan is for Holt to attend the Stanford and Michigan Nike Camps, and he is also hoping to participate at either the Michigan or UCLA camps this summer.

Holt had 44 catches for 780 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior, and played some defense, but believes the receiver position is his future.

He has a 2.83 GPA and will take the SAT this spring.

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