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November 27, 2005

Holmes evaluates top teams after LSU visit

Many people assumed that LSU was one of the clear-cut front-runners for Louis Holmes, the nation's top junior college player. That perception by many fans is going to quickly change after Holmes took his official visit to Baton Rouge, La., this weekend.

"It was Ok," Holmes said. "It was just not what I expected. I don't know. I just didn't feel it. I didn't get a good vibe at all from the visit, plus the location was kind of like in the middle of the country.

"It's not the big city setting that I've gotten used to. It was kind of slow for me."

Holmes, a five-star prospect from Scottsdale (Ariz.) City College, said he now has some serious thinking to do. Will he go ahead and take a scheduled official visit to Florida State this upcoming weekend and Florida on December 9, or will he think about ending the process before it really even got started?

The only other school he's officially visited is USC, a place where he gave a glowing review about his official visit.

"I don't know what I'm going to do now," Holmes said. "I'm going to have to do some hard thinking the next couple of days about what I want to do. I had a lot of big expectations about what I was going to see at LSU, and I'm kind of disappointed.

"I guess that's why you take the visit to make sure."

Holmes was one of three official visitors on campus this weekend at LSU. He was joined by Dexter Manley II and Butch Lewis.

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