Holmes Excited About Upcoming Visit

St. Thomas Aquinas High (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) receiver Corey Holmes is set to visit Notre Dame for the third time, and he discusses what he wants to see on the trip.

St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) receiver Corey Holmes made a pair of trips to Notre Dame already.

One time he wasn't even a recruit, and last fall he visited campus for a game, but even then it was well before the 6-foot, 180-pound Holmes turned into a national recruit.

Now, Holmes will be in South Bend, Ind., to see Notre Dame's campus and every aspect of the football program on April 6, and he is excited about it.

"Both times I was there I didn't get a chance to see the campus much," Holems said. "So, with this visit, I hope to see more of the campus and get a look at the facilities and get to talk to all the coaches, and get to watch some practice."

Holmes is anxious to see Notre Dame's offense in person because the coaching staff is saying it is moving more toward a passing game.

"With watching a couple games last year, they throw the ball around a lot," Holmes said. "The coaches tell me the next couple of years they're going to be moving to a more passing offense. Every wide receivers dream is to be a part of an offense that throws the ball a lot and Notre Dame is starting to become that type of offense. I could definitely see myself in that type of scheme.

"I know it's a school with great academics. I know it's a school with a football program with coaches that care about their players. It's a program rich in tradition and is one of the most storied football programs in the NCAA."

However, it is not only how the Irish perform on the field that interest Holmes. He's heard about the high graduation rate, the strong academics and the feel of the campus.

"Academics is a huge thing for me," he said. "It's something that's going to be considered when I make my decision. Notre Dame, being such a good school academically, that's why I'm considering them."

Holmes' offer list includes Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Tennessee and Wisconsin, but he added "I'm still open with everything" and isn't close to making a decision.

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