Sam Webb: Your dad told me that you made it my Michigan's practice. I know you couldn't talk to the coaches, but outside of that, what was the experience like?
Corey Holmes: "I think (the visit) was Tuesday. It was great just getting the
feel of a real college practice. It was my first time going to a college
practice, so it was really interesting. Due to the weather they got moved inside
the gym and everything, but it was cool just to see all the guys. I was watching
the offense in particular, and it was fun watching them... like what plays they
were doing and all that kind of stuff, taking a look at what the receivers were
doing and everything. I got to look at the defense for a little bit too. I just
wanted to look at everything, wanted to take it all in."
Sam Webb: What players, if any, did you get a chance to talk to?
Corey Holmes: "Yeah, I talked to Denard Robinson a little bit. I got to talk to
Funchess, the tight end. Those two I talked to for a little bit."
Sam Webb: Had you met them when you were up in Ann Arbor, or was this kind of
the first time you got a chance to talk to them?
Corey Holmes: "Denard I had met when I was up for camp, but Funchess, I met him
for the first time."
Sam Webb: Take me through your season. How did everything go for you on the
football field this past year?
Corey Holmes: "This past year went great! We ended the year with the state
championship victory, and that was our goal from the start... from when we
started all the way in February. When we started out in winter workouts our goal
was to get to the state championship, and win, and that's what we did. Me
personally, of course I wanted a good year, but my goal, as well as everybody
else on the team, was the state championship. I did pretty well statistically. I
had 28 catches for 509 yards and five touchdowns, so I was successful, in the
state game it couldn't have gone any better. I had four catches for 168 yards
and a touchdown. I was doing really well the whole season."
Sam Webb: With recruiting, before the season you were already getting a lot of
attention from colleges with scholarship offers and the like. What about now?
Where does your scholarship tally stand?
Corey Holmes: "Right now, I have eleven offers. I have Notre Dame, Michigan,
Florida, Florida State, Rutgers, USF, UCF, Syracuse, Houston, Wisconsin, and
Sam Webb: I know you made it to Michigan; I know you made it to Notre Dame.
Which of those other schools did you get a chance to visit, say during the year?
Corey Holmes: "I made it up to a UCF game, so I had one like, unofficial visit
to UCF. That's really the only school. In January I'm planning on going to
Rutgers, and maybe during the spring going up to Syracuse to watch a couple
practices, or something like that."
Sam Webb: Through it all I know you are working very hard to stay open-minded in
this process, but through all of the recruiting and interaction with coaches,
have any of them... be it coaches or schools in general... started to stick out
Corey Holmes: "Notre Dame and Michigan, those two school have definitely been
the schools that have stayed in touch with me the most. I talk to Tony Alford
from Notre Dame very often, and (at Michigan), Chris Singletary, Jerry Montgomery, Jeff Hecklinski... I talk to them very often. So I'd say those two
schools are sticking out to me when it comes to communication and everything."
Sam Webb: So give me an update on where you are physically. I know you've really
been training pretty hard. Corey Holmes today... height, weight, and 40 time...
what would you say those are?
Corey Holmes: "6-2, 175-lbs, and I run a 4.4."
Sam Webb: I recall talking to both you and your dad at length previously about
what your process would be like... what your timeline would be like. Have you
guys kind of gotten more specific about how you would like it to play out? Do
you want to get something done before your senior season, after your senior
season? How do you want it to go?
Corey Holmes: "Yeah, I still haven't concluded on that yet. I'm still not sure
if I want to wait until after senior season, or before, not sure. It all depends
on how many times I get to visit all the schools who are really looking at me
and stuff, so yeah, I would say I'm not sure yet."
Sam Webb: What about this, in your conversations with Michigan, it sounds like
you've had a great deal of interaction with them. What have they said to you
about what your role would be? Would they want you to come in and play right
away? What's Michigan's vision for Corey Holmes?
Corey Holmes: "Yeah, I mean, the coaches told me I would definitely have the
opportunity to play early. It's all in how I take advantage of the opportunity,
so it would be all up to me how early I want to play, and how much of a role I
play in the offense."
Sam Webb: So is that a big factor for you? I mean, I guess the better question
is, what are the factors going to be when you sit down with your family, and you
come up with a final decision? What are going to be the things that kind of play
into that choice?
Corey Holmes: "I'm definitely going to be looking at if the school is a good
school academically. I'll be looking at that, and I'll be looking at – I want to
be part of a football program with good coaches, coaches who care about their
players. I want to be a part of a team that has good teammates in general, guys
who look out for each other. I'm looking at – like we mentioned, early playing
time. I'd like to go to a school where I wouldn't be sitting the bench for about
two years before I get a shot at playing, or anything like that. Yeah, all those
thing are definitely factors when it comes to making my decision."
Sam Webb: Last one for you. Clearly, you're getting recruited all over the
country. I guess, as time has gone on – at the time when we talked in the
summer, you said distance wasn't a factor, but as time has gone on, has that
changed? Do you think that distance is going to wind up being somewhat of a
factor for you, or is it not really going to play into things?
Corey Holmes: "No, it's not really going to play into anything. I'm just trying
to go to the school that's going to prepare me for life the best. Just looking
at the most important things, and distance wouldn't really be an issue."
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