For Holmes USC is Family

Four-star offensive guard Khaled Holmes has been very familiar with the USC program for quite some time. His older brother, Alex, was a key figure in re-establishing USC as a national power. The younger Holmes is looking to make a name for himself at USC. "I'm looking to come in and play. I mean that's the reason you play football, you want to come in and make an impact."

Four-star offensive guard Khaled Holmes has been very familiar with the USC program for quite some time. His older brother, Alex, was a sure-handed tight end for the Trojans from 2000-2004 and a key figure in re-establishing USC as a national power.

In his time at USC Alex Holmes was a talent on the field but he also made a name for himself as a recruiter for the Trojans. Khaled insists that while his brother is very persuasive, Alex gave him space to reach his own decision.

"I have family ties because my brother played there and everything but I was really quite hesitant to just go on that alone," Holmes explained. "I was going to wait until it just struck me."

The decision to follow in his brothers footsteps and become a Trojan struck Holmes as he watched from the stands as the Trojans beat their crosstown rival UCLA Bruins, 24-7 at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

"I was at the UCLA game with my brother and a couple of good friends and I just had the feeling that USC was the place for me," Holmes said. "I committed right after the game in the locker room. I knew it was the right thing to do and I haven't looked back since."

Big brother Alex, of course, couldn't be happier with Khaled's choice. "I think he's proud of me and happy that I chose his school," Holmes said of his older brother. "I look up to my brother a lot. It's just nice to know that he will always be there for me."

The 6-3.5, 290-pound offensive guard has been completely solid on his commitment to the Trojans and his official visit this weekend only strengthened his feelings for the coaching staff and the program.

"It was a great experience. I am glad that it is the only trip I took and I was very happy with it. I spent a lot of time with the coaches and the guys. The most impressive thing was getting to know the coaching staff more," Holmes said after his visit. "I really think it is the best staff in the country. I don't see how any other program could compare to what they have."

Holmes feels that the USC staff is so special because of the example that Pete Carroll sets for the players as well as the assistant coaches.

"He really is an amazing person. He's just awesome all-around," Holmes said of Pete Carroll. "When I have spoken to him he is a genuine guy, a kind man and he obviously knows football like the back of the hand. I think he is the best coach in the country.

"Coming back as a player for him will allow me to see a whole new aspect of him as opposed to seeing him as my brother's coach," Holmes explained.

One coach that Holmes will be seeing a lot of in the next four years is USC offensive line Coach Pat Ruel. Holmes sat down with Coach Ruel this weekend and the two got a chance to talk about more than just the game of football.

"We had a chance to talk both the football aspect of it and the life aspect of it," said Holmes. "He has a great personality. I mean he is my position coach so I am going to spend the majority of the next four years of my life with him and I am very happy and glad that it is going to be him. He is a great coach."

With Khaled Holmes, Matt Kalil, Matt Meyer, Daniel Campbell and Tyron Smith the Trojans are bringing in one of the best offensive line classes in years.

"It's a huge honor to be in the same group as those guys. I am excited to get to know these guys and have a good time with them and just dominate," Holmes said of his fellow offensive line recruits.

As a key member of the Trojans 2008 offensive line class that is the best in the nation, Holmes is looking forward to Fall Camp where he will get the opportunity to compete for playing time.

"I'm looking to come in and play. I mean that's the reason you play football, you want to come in and make an impact," Holmes said. "That's the beautiful thing about USC is that everybody has a shot. It's all out competition, that's how it's different from other programs. You have to stay on your toes at USC because you never know when the new freshman kid could try and get your job."


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