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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Holmes is one to watch this spring

By Erik McKinney

Vista Murrieta fielded one of the most imposing defenses in Southern California last season, with several FBS prospects. But offensively, the Broncos found a spark with running back Kishawn Holmes, who is ready to make his presence felt on the camp circuit.

The 5-foot-7, 164-pound Holmes rushed for 1,109 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, including an impressive 27-carry, 177-yard performance in a tough loss in the CIF Championship game.

Boise State has been in touch with Holmes, who said he is only beginning the recruiting process and is open to schools across the country. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Holmes said a national power expressed early interest.

"I've talked to Texas a couple of times," Holmes said. "They don't recruit California much because they know it's tough to get guys out of there, but they know I'm not from out here."

Early on, it seems Holmes has a local leader, but he'll take a serious look at any program that extends an offer.

"I love the Pac-12, especially UCLA," he said. "But I would love to go back down South, too. I would love any education from any school that offers me."

Holmes took an unofficial visit to UCLA after a camp last summer and came away very impressed by the Bruins.

"They have great tradition," he said. "I like how they use their running backs. There's no favoritism there; you compete to be on the field. It's a big family feel at UCLA."