One of the most sought after offensive lineman on the west coast is Khaled Holmes (6-3, 300) from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Holmes has good bloodlines, his father played college football for Michigan and his brother is former USC tight end Alex Holmes.
The younger Holmes also benefits by playing for one of the best high school coaches in Southern California in Bruce Rolleson.
As a junior, Holmes earned first-team all-league, first-team all-county and second-team all-CIF.
There were a horde of college coaches that came by Mater Dei this past spring to check Holmes out. Florida State came by the school and is showing interest. Florida is also showing Holmes a lot of attention through the mail.
The Orange County behemoth has offers on the table from USC, Cal, Arizona, Stanford, Washington, Oregon State, Ole Miss, Nebraska and Notre Dame.
"USC is my No. 1 school right now," Holmes said. "Stanford, Cal and Notre Dame are all tied after that.
"I think I'm going to go through the entire recruiting process before I make my decision," Holmes said. "I'm just going to take it slow.
"I haven't planned on going to any camps, but I may end up going to one of the USC camps."
The reason that Holmes is such a sought after recruit is he is very athletic for a big man and runs well in the open field. He has the quickness and speed to chase down linebackers.
Holmes is good at both run and pass blocking, but he acknowledges that he has the potential to improve his techniques and be even better.
As good as Holmes is, he still has more of a ceiling to reach.