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2011 hoops recruit Holmes picks Texas

Matt Painter has one scholarship left for 2011, and it won't be going to Texas native Jonathan Holmes.

Holmes, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward, announced Friday afternoon that he's staying in his home state and attending Texas.

Purdue was recruited Holmes hard, but the forward told Rivals.com on Friday that Texas A&M finished in a close second to the Longhorns. Holmes said he felt comfortable with Texas' coaching staff and players.

He also said it was important that he get early playing time.

There was a good chance for that with the Boilermakers, too, with forwards Robbie Hummel and JaJuan Johnson exiting after this season.

But many published reports said that Holmes leaving his home state was a long shot.

That leaves one high-profile recruit left in 2011 for Purdue. Rock Island (Ill.) guard Chasson Randle made his official visit to West Lafayette last weekend, and coach Thom Sigel said in a text message that Randle enjoyed the trip.

But Randle still will make official visits to Stanford and Illinois before making his decision.

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