It took a lot longer than we expected but Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei offensive lineman Khaled Holmes finally end the recruiting process on Saturday and announced for USC.
Holmes, 6-5, 300 pounds is one of the elite lineman in the West region. He was raised in a Trojan home as his older brother Alex was one of the more popular USC players in recent memory.
USC offered Holmes back in the summer and we always thought there was a good chance he would jump on the offer almost immediately. That didn't happen as Holmes said he wanted to go through the process a little more and make sure he was doing the right thing.
"I committed after the game with UCLA yesterday," Holmes said. "I was in the locker room and it just felt right so I went ahead and did it. I'm very excited about my decision and my family is very excited as well.
"USC is a great school and offered me everything I wanted. They have a great program with a winning tradition, I love the coaching staff, I'm close with the players, the school is very strong academically and it's close to home so really it was an easy decision to make."
Holmes had narrowed his choices to USC and Cal after also looking at Notre Dame and Standord earlier in the year. He played tackle at Mater Dei but will likely play guard for the Trojans.