Holmes high on the Irish

Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor defensive end/tight end Jalyn Holmes discusses where Notre Dame stands after offering, what schools he'll visit this summer, and when he'll narrow his list before next season. Plus, will the Irish get an official visit?

Notre Dame went east to offer one of the nation's best junior defensive ends, Jalyn Holmes of Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor.

"I called Coach [Scott] Booker today, and he told me that Notre Dame was offering," Holmes said. "I was kind of surprised. I thought it might happen this spring because I had been talking with their coaches, but I didn't know it would happen today."

This past January, Holmes narrowed his list of double-digit offers to a top eight (Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, Southern Cal, and Virginia Tech). However, recently, Holmes re-opened his recruitment and isn't listing any favorites.

"I am interested in everybody right now," Holmes said. "I don't have any favorites, but I want to break it all down before senior year starts. That way, I know where I want to go on my official visits. I want to take at least three official visits before I make my final decision."

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound playmaker has a plan for when the summer months roll around.

"This summer, I am going to see all the Southern schools with my mom," Holmes said. "What Southern schools I visit just depends on who I like this summer and who I am hearing from. I plan on going to a lot of them south of Virginia, like North Carolina, North Carolina State, Clemson, South Carolina, and the Florida schools. I would like to visit Notre Dame this summer, but I need to talk to my parents about it."

Holmes said even if he doesn't make it to South Bend this summer, don't count the Irish out.

"If I don't visit Notre Dame this summer, I will take one of my official visits there, if I am still hearing from them and I still like them," he said.

Even though Holmes was a little caught off-guard by the Notre Dame offer coming so soon, he is already familiar with how the Irish operate.

"I like watching Notre Dame on TV," Holmes said. "I know they had a really good season last year. They have great tradition and they are a football school. Notre Dame told me that in their 3-4 defense I will play outside linebacker. They also are talking to me about playing tight end. A lot of schools are recruiting me as tight end after they saw my junior highlight tape."

Holmes has visited his in-state schools, Virginia and Virginia Tech, each multiple times. However, distance isn't going to be a factor in his ultimate decision.

"I have no preference about leaving or staying in Virginia," Holmes said. "I could go as far as California. It's going to be about my relationship with the coaches and how comfortable I am on campus. Even though Virginia and Virginia Tech are close to me, I could still go there and not feel comfortable. It's all about feeling comfortable."

With a busy summer planned, Holmes is still figuring out what his spring schedule will look like.

"I don't have anything set in stone this spring, besides going to Disney World with my team because we won the State Championship," he said.

During his junior season, Holmes had 75 tackles, 40 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks. He also caught 24 passes for 352 yards and seven touchdowns on offense.

Holmes is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 13 defensive end in 2014.

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