California offered Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central offensive tackle Kiaro Holts a scholarship on Tuesday night. The Bears are the ninth program to offer Holts. They join Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Purdue, Virginia Tech, and Toledo.
"I am overwhelmed by all of this," Holts said. "I did not think a school from the west coast would offer me. I don't know too much about the Cal program. The offer just came out of nowhere."
Holts can expect more sudden offers. He was named to the Rivals.com 250 to Watch list of the class of 2011 on Tuesday. Of the schools that have not offered, Holts said Ohio State and Wake Forest are recruiting him the hardest. Last month, he visited Indiana and Purdue for junior day events. Holts said he grew up a Purdue basketball fan, but he did not root for any particular college football team.
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"I like the new facilities at Indiana, the weight room," Holts said. "I like how they arrange their academic support. Purdue is the same way. I like their academic support system a little more."
Holts is planning to take more unofficial visits this Spring.
"Next weekend I am going to Virginia Tech for their junior day. Then, during Spring Break, I am going to visit Ole Miss."
Holts camped at Virginia Tech last summer.
"I didn't really get to look at the whole campus that time," Holts said. "I want to see the locker room and everything else."
Holts said he has no favorites at this time. He is keeping things open, and hoping to repeat upon last year's success. Warren Central won the Indiana Class 5-A state championship.
"It was great," Holts said. "I was really happy. All the hard work during the season paid off. It was my first year starting. I hope we can get another one next year."
Holts will team with a talented class of seniors at Warren Harding, which includes good friend and fellow Rivals250 to Watch defensive tackle Kris Harley.
"Kris and I push one another to get better. We are really good friends. We talk about playing at the same school. I think we are going to do that."