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July 19, 2014
Holmes thinking about visits
Martrel Holmes had an impressive summer and now it's time for him to start thinking about visits. The 5-foot-10, 165-pounder who showed a ton of upside at San Diego State's passing tournament in July said that there are a few schools in particular currently on his mind.San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills wide receiver
"I'm still talking a lot with SDSU and Nevada," Holmes said of his two offers. "I've actually talked with Coach [Rocky] Long and he wants to get me up there for an unofficial visit some time. I know I want to visit SDSU and I want to take another visit to Nevada - BYU is also one I'm considering, too.
"I'm planning to go to BYU with [2016 prospect] Troy Warner since his brother [2014 BYU signee Fred Warner] is going there. Coach [Bronco] Mendenhall and Coach [Guy] Holiday liked me at their camp in Redlands and I feel like they might offer soon. There are a few other schools that saw me this summer like San Jose State, Washington State and Washington too."
Holmes, who plans to make his college commitment some time after his senior season, said that he is open to all schools recruiting him and the only official visit he is sure to take will be to UNR (his first offer).
"Nevada is basically the only school to bring that up yet so I'm thinking of coming up to one of their games - probably when they play San Diego State," Holmes said. "I remember all the Nevada coaches from when I visited during the spring and I really liked them. They got excited about everything, like when a big play happens, they don't just go on to the next one like nothing happened. They get excited when a big play happens and seem fun to be around as a player. Coach [Brian] Polian is a very cool guy - I like him."
Holmes said he also has close relationships with SDSU's Long and his primary recruiter, quarterbacks coach Brian Sipe.
"I think Coach Long is a great guy," he said "When he offered me I could tell that he keeps everything up front and real with me. When I talked to him I got a great perspective of what he's all about. The same goes for Coach Sipe, he's a great coach, I could tell by the way he spoke to me. He's funny too - he can make fun of himself - he asked me if I could help him understand Facebook and social media a little better because he was having trouble with it. He used email most of the time before."
As the season approaches, Holmes' plan is to put recruiting on the back burner in order to help Mission Hills go deep during his last season as a Grizzly.
"I don't have an exact school where I want to go to so I just want to keep it low until after the season," he said. "I'm willing to go to any school that shows interest so hopefully a big year could open some doors for me. I feel like this team could do big things, especially on offense with Troy playing some wide receiver and obviously DeChaun [Holiday]. If they double DeChaun my side will open up and if they double my side he can have some space to work with too. It should be fun."
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