Oregon Offer Would Be Big For Holmes

Pasadena (Calif.) Muir wide receiver Desean Holmes

Pasadena (Calif.) Muir wide receiver Desean Holmes has picked up three offers in recent weeks. But, one program that hasn't offered could prove to be a game changer.

Desean Holmes is enjoying some recent success on the recruiting front.

In the last few weeks, the four-star Muir wide receiver has seen offers from Washington State, Fresno State and Arizona State roll in. The offer from the Sun Devils came when he and his coach traveled to Tempe to take in practice last Saturday.

During the practice Holmes, ranked as the No. 7 receiver nationally by Scout.com, was particularly impressed with the play of senior Jaelen Strong, telling eDuck.com on Tuesday that he "stood out a lot." Getting to interact with some of the players and coaches was also a positive.

"They have a true freshman starting at outside linebacker and he was really nice," Holmes said of meeting some of the players and staff. "The coaches are all pretty nice. They all know how to coach a team."

With that trip now in the background, Holmes said that four schools are paying the most attention to him in regards to his recruitment.

"I would say Oklahoma, Washington State, Fresno and USC," Holmes said. "They're kind of on me every day sending me letters and sending me messages on Twitter."

More visits could be on the way for Holmes, but he hasn't scheduled anything as of Tuesday. However, he does have a couple of programs at the top of his list to see.

"Oregon is one of them for sure and Oklahoma," Holmes said.

Although they haven't offered yet, Oregon has expressed interest in him through social media. Wide receivers coach Matt Lubick has been his primary contact and things seem to be progressing, albeit slowly.

"Last month he asked me on Twitter for my information from my transfers," Holmes said referring to his transfer from Alemany to Muir. "We sent it to him and he said they were going to look at my film again."

Holmes believes that an offer could come if the coaching staff sees him in person, something both sides have discussed setting up. If an offer does materialize it could have a significant impact.

"If they offered me, they'd probably be one of my top schools," Holmes said.

According to Holmes the coaches like his speed, sharp route running skills and his ability to make plays in tough situations. But, what interests Holmes in Oregon?

"How they use their players and get the ball out fast and quick," he said. "Of course the jerseys are nice."

Away from recruiting, Holmes has stayed busy this offseason by participating in camps and 7-on-7 tournaments. His tournament coach is former NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, who has not only been instrumental in the development of Holmes game but also in the way he handles the recruiting process.

"He's a big mentor for me right now," Holmes said. "Recruiting-wise he's giving me information on how to take things in and how to talk to the media and just giving me help really."

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