Corey Holmes visited Notre Dame this summer and the 2014 Florida wide receiver will return to South Bend this weekend for the Irish’s game against Michigan.
“I just want to see the excitement of the game,” said the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder from St. Thomas Aquinas. “It’s one of the biggest rivalries in college football and I’m really excited to be a part of it.”
Holmes saw plenty of Notre Dame’s athletic side during his July visit, but is looking forward to seeing more this time.
“I want to see more of the campus itself,” he said. “I got to see all of the football facilities; I got to get a good feel for that.”
Holmes already holds offers from Florida, Florida State, South Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin and Rutgers. He thinks there’s a good chance he could add the Irish to that list when he visits.
“I think so and I’m hoping,” he said. “It would be an honor. Notre Dame is without a doubt one of the most respected – I would say the most respected university in the country – so it would be an honor.”
Notre Dame assistant Tony Alford has stayed in steady contact with Holmes.
“He just has conversations with me to see how I’m doing and stuff like that,” Holmes said of Alford. “I think he’s a great person. He’s somebody who really cares about you other than you just being a football player. He wants the best for you and is a great guy.”
In addition to Notre Dame, Holmes made stops at Florida, Miami, Michigan Oregon, Cal and USC this summer, but doesn’t have any trips other than South Bend scheduled right now.
“I haven’t really planned on making any other visits,” he said. “I might go to a University of Miami game or maybe a Florida State game, but I’m not sure yet.”
In addition to the schools above, Holmes is also receiving serious interest from Clemson, Ohio State and Washington among others.
Holmes has already identified multiple factors in his ultimate decision.
“I’m looking for a college that has a good history when it comes to football,” he said. “I want them to be a good football program and I want the academics of the school to be very good.
“Academics are important, I would say it’s most important, number one actually. I also want a school that has a great coaching staff.”
He isn’t sure when he’ll make a decision, but isn’t going to rush one.
“I always tell people, I want to experience the recruiting process. I’m going to try to get through my junior year before I make my final decision.”