Holmes Hopes to Visit Irish

Notre Dame is playing its final home game this weekend and several prospects are hoping to catch the Irish in action. One hoping for that chance is Gerald Holmes, and IrishEyes.com spoke with Holmes about his interest in the Irish and a possible visit.

Gerald Holmes was already showing signs of being one of the top backs in the Midwest heading into his junior season. At 6-foot-1, 200-pounds, Holmes showed enough ability for Toledo to give an early verbal offer.

However, injuries thereafter kept college programs from seeing his full potential. One program still showing interest is Notre Dame and Holmes is hopeful he'll have a chance to visit with the Irish this weekend when they take on Boston College.

"Yes I'm hoping to go to Notre Dame this weekend," said Holmes. "I've yet to receive an email back telling me if I've got my tickets."

In October the Irish visited Flint (MI) Carman-Ainsworth high school and coaches encouraged the running back to keep working hard.

"Notre Dame came to school and said they were looking at me," said Holmes. "They told me to continue to work hard in the classroom and on the field."

Holmes feels confident about his work in both areas.

"I'm good in the classroom," said Holmes. "I've already taken the test once but will take a few more times."

Despite a serious injury, Holmes showed the strength and desire to get back on the field.

"I fractured my ankle early in the season," said Holmes. "However, I managed to come back and play in four games and a playoff game. I managed 98 yards the first game back and then got at least 80 yards in each game and ended up with three touchdowns and 351 yards at the end of the season. I feel that is pretty good coming off an injury."

A high school running back, Holmes gives his thought on what his future position will be in college.

"Schools have been recruiting me as a running back since my sophomore year," Holmes said as to where he expects to be recruited.

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