A Family Affair

Since his brother Alex arrived on campus in 2000, Khaled Holmes has watched several USC games from the stands of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, but now the 6-3.5, 290-pound guard is ready to throw on the shoulder pads and carve out his own legacy as a Trojan.

Incoming freshman Khaled Holmes is very familiar with USC football. The four-star offensive lineman from Mater Dei HS had a front row seat for the Trojans resurgence under Pete Carroll as his older brother, Alex, played tight end for the Trojans from 2000-2004 and was an integral part of USC's return to glory.

"On the field he had a very successful career," Khaled Holmes proudly says of his older brother, Alex. "He got injured toward the end and that kind of messed him up but he was a great player for them. He has told me how hard it is but it's absolutely worth it and that I am going to have a great time."

Since his brother arrived on campus in 2000, Khaled has watched several USC games from the stands of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum but now the 6-3.5, 290-pound guard is ready to throw on the shoulder pads and carve out his own legacy as a Trojan.

"It's definitely going to be different than watching," Holmes said. "I think I am going to have an opportunity, to not necessarily step out of Alex's shadow, but to make a name for myself and do what I can."

"I have a great opportunity to be a part of something that has been great for a while and I would obviously love to keep it going. Every record that they break from here on out I will be a part of it."

Being someone that grew up around USC football it was certainly fitting that Khaled Holmes made his commitment in the USC locker room last December, following the Trojans 24-7 victory against the crosstown rival UCLA Bruins.

"I had no intentions of committing when I went up to that game, I was just going to catch a game. I don't know what it was, I had been to many games at the Coliseum but this one just felt different," explained Holmes. "I just had a feeling come over me and I knew it was the right place to be and the right decision for me.

"My mom was happy," Holmes said with a chuckle. "She was thinking about moving to wherever I went but now she doesn't have to."

With the commitment, Holmes rounded out the Trojans ultra-talented offensive line class that includes Matt Kalil, Tyron Smith, Daniel Campbell and Matt Meyer. The impressive group of linemen will get their chance to show why they are so highly-regarded when Fall Camp opens in August.

"All of us upfront think that we can contribute in some fashion," Holmes said of incoming offensive linemen. "It will be different for all of us but we are excited to get to know each other. We will be spending the majority of our time together for the next four or five years."

When asked how special it will be to run out of the tunnel at the Coliseum for the first time, Khaled Holmes paused for a second and said, "I haven't thought about that, but now that I think of it, that is going to be a great moment for me. I am just excited to be a part of the program."


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