One of the top juniors in the country used his Twitter account Thursday to identify his top seven schools.
Jalyn Holmes, who has been attracting schools from across the country, decided to pare the list a bit.
"I had a top 10 but I wasn't really hearing from some of them so I decided to make it seven," said the defensive end from Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor. "I have a really close relationship with all these schools and this list is not in order."
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In alphabetical order, the Rivals250 four-star's top schools are Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, USC and Virginia Tech.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Holmes broke down each of them.
Alabama: "I get along really well with Lance Thompson and they have a good tradition of winning. I really like how Nick Saban coaches. I knew they were going to win the national championship like that. They played with so much more intensity."
Clemson: "I've been down there and I love the campus. The coaches and I got along really well. It makes it even better that they are really good at my major also, which is physical therapy."
Florida: "They are also really good at my major. I have a really good relationship with Coach Lewis. We we're on the phone for 45 minutes yesterday just talking not just about football but about life. I could really see myself connecting with the coaches down there. I've just never been there but based on academics alone, being really good in my major and seeing myself being able to play in that system on defense make them one of my top schools."
Maryland: "They started to recruit me early on. I have really good relationship with Coach Brattan. I haven't been there either but I know they're really good in my major and I could really see myself playing in their system, too."
North Carolina: "The coaches and I've been talking a lot. I haven't been to their campus either but I will be going there for a basketball game and I think they're really good and my major. I could definitely see myself playing on their defense."
USC: "They also started recruiting me early. They always kept in touch, making phone calls and writing letters. Coach Martin seems like a really good guy. He sounds like someone I could play for. It being on the other side of the country could be a really good experience from for me. The distance doesn't really matter to me it will just be a new experience."
Virginia Tech: "The Hokies were one of the first to offer me. I've been talking to them pretty much since my 10th grade year. That's when they pretty much begin recruiting me up. I have a really good relationship with Brian Stinespring. When I visited the campus it just felt like somewhere I could live for four years. I'm just really comfortable there."
Holmes said there were a few schools that almost made it into the top group.
"A few schools that were on the borderline for me for making my top schools were Florida State, Notre Dame and Tennessee. They can all still jump into the mix. Florida State sends me a lot of mail. I wanted to talk more to Tennessee before I put them in there. Because of the new coaching change I just met the new recruiting coaches for this area yesterday."
The next step for Holmes is planning visits.
"I want to go to Florida in the summertime. My family and I have been talking about that. I can guarantee that I'll be going to Maryland and North Carolina. I'm a try to get the basketball game in February for Maryland and a basketball game at North Carolina in March."
Holmes has already visited Virginia Tech, Virginia and Clemson.
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