Holmes Makes it 8 Commits on Saturday

Damien Holmes

It seems as if it was just yesterday when there was talk about UCLA's recruiting getting off to a slow start. Actually, it wasn't yesterday, it was two days ago that the Bruins had one verbal commit from Anthony Dye (5-11, 180), a relatively unknown cornerback prospect from Santiago High in Corona, CA.

Yesterday, the Bruins received commitments from Aaron Hester (6-0, 165), a wide receiver from Dominguez High in Compton and Jerry Johnson (6-2, 190), a wide receiver from Venice High. That brought the tally up to three verbal commits for UCLA's 2008 recruiting class.

What a difference a day makes.

Today, UCLA received 8 verbal commitments during its "Meet and Greet" and one of those eight is Damien Holmes (6-4, 255) from Colton (CA) High. Holmes, who is one of the most athletic defensive end/tight ends from California, decided he'd found the right fit after his visit to Westwood.

"It was great meeting the coaching staff, meeting my position coach and the campus is beautiful," Holmes said. "And I know their football program is going in the right direction. So, it's going to be great being a part of the rebuilding process."

The "Meet and Greet wasn't a big affair, but it was an extremely effective recruiting tool.

"It was real intimate," Holmes said of the meet and greet. "We got in a room and they talked to us about what they're all about, as far as football. From there, they took all questions we had and they answered everything."

Meeting Todd Howard and DeWayne Walker was also pivotal for Holmes.

"Coach Howard (defensive line) took me and another d-end (Datone Jones) aside and talked to us," Holmes said. "He was showing us his credentials, what he's done and what he feels we can do. It was really nice talking to him—he's a really good coach.

"Coach Walker will be my defensive coordinator and I wouldn't want anyone else to be," Holmes said. "He makes it seem like we're going in the right direction and I'm really excited to be a part of it."

Holmes had previously thought he'd commit late in the process, but when it seems like the right fit, you must commit.

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