Holiday's official list of schools includes UCLA, Washington, North Carolina and Texas, with USC still clinging to the list. Holiday will try to unofficially visit Texas later this month when he goes to Houson for the Houston Kingwood Classic, an AAU tournament.
Sources close to the situation believe that Washington has been Holiday's leader, with his older brother, Justin Holiday, the 6-6 wing, having committed there. North Carolina, Holiday's childhood favorite, has probably been running second. Holiday took an unofficial visit to both schools this winter.
UCLA, long thought to be running a somewhat distant third, has been gaining ground as of late, according to sources. Some close to the recruitment have said that UCLA's second run to the Final Four in two years has sparked interest from Holiday.
In fact, Holiday and his mother will be in Atlanta for the Final Four this weekend. Holiday plays for an Adidas-sponsored club team, and he's been selected to participate in a new program called the Adidas Nations, which has assembled national teams from the 2008 and 2009 classes among the best players in the country. UCLA-committed point guard Jerime Anderson from Anaheim (Calif.) Canyon and UCLA recruit Larry Drew from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, are also on the Adidas Nations 2008 team and is believed to be going to Atlanta also. The Adidas Nations event will take plact at Emory University in Atlanta over the weekend.
Holiday wants to go to a program with a good chance of winning a national championship, and UCLA's run to two Final Fours has made him believe UCLA is capable of doing it.
The words used by sources close to the situation are that Holiday is very "intrigued" with UCLA right now.
It's also believed that his mother is the one in the family that would prefer he stay close to home and play at UCLA.