Coming up from Florida, Corey Holmes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) was expecting a great game and great atmosphere when he visited Notre Dame. He got that and a lot more.
The 6-foot-1, 172-pound receiver went into his visit already with offers from some of the country’s top programs. He left with Notre Dame officially throwing its name in the hat.
“I met with Coach [Tony] Alford, and he’s the coach I talk to all the time,” Holmes said. “We talked for about 15-20 minutes, and at the end of he conversation with my dad, mom and sister in the room, that’s when he explained to us Notre Dame was going to make an offer to me.
“I was really surprised by it. I hadn’t expected.”
Holmes, who already has offers from the likes of Florida, Florida State and Michigan, was told he is the right blend of student and athlete the Fighting Irish are looking for.
“Coach Alford explained to me just my athletic ability is what Notre Dame is looking for,” Holmes said. “He said I fit the mold of the type of character they want in their program.”
The atmosphere and the offer were not the craziest part of Holmes’ trip, though. It was the player walk to the stadium on game day.
“That had been the craziest thing I ever done in my life,” Holmes said. “It felt like I was a part of the football team. It was awesome. The fans stayed there to cheer on the prospects. I felt like a celebrity.”
The atmosphere at Notre Dame was one of the best through the early part of the college football season, and Holmes called it “second to none.”
“Going in that was the one thing I was expecting -- an atmosphere like no other,” he said. “It’s one of the biggest rivalries in college football. It was awesome. I knew it’d be one of the best games I’ve ever been to and it indeed was.”
With the Wolverines having offered as well, Holmes said he had a good chance to see Michigan, too. He said the poor offensive performance from Michigan did not change his perception of the program.
Holmes is not close to a decision, but he said Notre Dame will definitely be in the running.
“I have a lot of respect for Notre Dame. It’s a school I really like,” Holmes said, “and when it comes to making a decision, it’s definitely a school I’ll consider.”