We just talked to Desean Holmes at The Opening last week in Oregon and he said he planned on taking his visits and wanted to go through the recruiting process a little. After visiting USC today and talking with head coach Steve Sarkisian, the receiver had a change of heart.
"I'm a Trojan, I just committed," an excited Holmes said. "I've been meaning to go up to campus several times but it never worked out. I got in touch with Coach Sark and he asked me to come up today so me and my mom went up there and did the tour.
"I told myself before driving up that I wanted to commit, I told my mom that too. We met with Coach Sark and toured the campus and then sat down with him in his office. We talked about how he sees me in the offense, what my role would be and then asked me if I was ready to be a Trojan. I just smiled and said, 'yeh coach, I'm ready,' and committed right there."
Holmes said the plan is to use him the same way they'll use former Alemany receiver Steven Mitchell.
"Coach Sark said they want to bring in one small, quick, fast receiver to put in the slot," Holmes said. "They have some guys they like outside but want me in the slot to move around and make plays with my speed and ability to run after the catch. Steven is really the only guy they have like that right now so I'm very excited about this opportunity.
"I've always liked USC, I wanted to commit when they offered me my sophomore year. My mom said it was too soon but that has always been my top choice. They have always shown me a lot of love and I have a good relationship with the WR coach, Tee Martin. It's close to home and my mom is very excited for me to play for USC since she'll be able to see me whenever she wants. It's a great fit and I'm thrilled to have the decision out of the way."
Holmes has been battling a sore ankle all summer and wasn't able to participate much at The Opening or the Edison tournament this past weekend.
"I've injured it three different times now," Holmes said. "I can't get it better unless I rest it so that's what I'm planning to do. I want to make sure I'm 100% ready to go by the fall season because I think we could have a very special season.
"I was going to visit Oklahoma and a few other schools but I feel really good about USC right now so I don't think I need to do that. I talked with Ricky Town a lot at The Opening and he was telling me what a great opportunity I had at USC and how I shouldn't let it pass me by. The more I thought about it, the more I realized he was right.
"There was no need for me to put it off any longer when I knew it was the perfect fit all along. He's a great player and I'm excited to be a teammate with him in college. Hopefully we can build a nice pipeline in to USC from Alemany and I'm planning to call Dominic Davis pretty soon here and hopefully he'll join Steven and myself up there as well."