A lot of recruits will say they just want to focus on their season and not worry about recruiting until the season is over. Most of those players will still look to set some visits or have at least one eye on their recruitment but not so with Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei offensive lineman Khaled Holmes.
Holmes, 6-4, 300 pounds is one of the nation's elite offensive line prospects and is a member of the Rivals250. He's a three year starter for the Monarchs and could play guard or tackle at the next level although we like his upside best as a guard.
Most have expected Holmes to commit to USC, where his older brother Alex played, for the last five or six months but the lineman has held his position about wanting to wait until after his season is over to worry about recruiting.
"That's what I've been saying from day one, that I wanted to wait until our season was over, I didn't want any distractions," Holmes said. "It has been tough but I've tried hard to keep my focus on our team and I think I've been able to do a good job of that.
"I have narrowed my choices to USC and Cal, I'm not looking at any other schools. The only other school that still calls is Stanford but USC and Cal are my main two.
"I haven't set up visits to either one yet but I will do that once we're done here. Playoffs start up this weekend and our goal is to make it to the state championship game. I've been to USC and Cal already but I still want to visit both schools before I decide.
"It's going to be tough because both are great schools. With USC, I love their high level of play. I mean this is considered a down year for them and they still have a shot to go to the Rose Bowl.
"I've known the coaches there for a long time because of Alex and I've always been very comfortable there. With Cal, it's kind of the same. I like their style of play and I have a good relationship with the coaches. Coach Tedford and his staff do a great job.
"I'm just going to take my time, do my visits and then I'll be ready to make a decison. I'm not going to rush it, when I know, I'll commit."