Irish improve in eyes of Holmes

Wide receiver Corey Holmes was impressed by what he saw at Notre Dame on Saturday, and he gives the rundown of the day's events and explains what message the coaching staff had for him.

Wide receiver Corey Holmes of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas was on hand Saturday for Notre Dame's spring practice.

"Wow, practice was really good," Holmes said. "It was just what I was expecting. I got to see good coaches coaching up their guys, and the entire organization of practice was impressive. Last season, I was sitting in the stands during the Notre Dame vs. Michigan game, so I couldn't see or hear the coaches. It was cool to see that up close today."

Saturday's visit was Holmes' third time visiting the Irish, but it stood out for 6-foot, 180-pound wide receiver.

"This visit was even better than my last visit, which was better than my first visit" Holmes said. "And that first visit was pretty good."

Holmes said hearing the coaching staff tell him he was a priority was good to hear.

"The coaches explained to me what all the schools that are recruiting me had in common, and why Notre Dame was different," Holmes said. "They explained how I'm a very high priority for them in 2014 and they how much they need an explosive wide receiver in their offense. They also like how I can play both slot and on the outside. I could tell they really meant what they were saying to me."

"I started off the day talking with [tight ends coach](Mike) Denbrock and then sitting in on the wide receiver meeting," Holmes said. "I got to see how a meeting was run, and how everything was broken down."

Holmes' teammate defensive lineman Anthony Moten had Notre Dame in his top 10 before recently committing to the nearby Florida Gators.

"I don't have a problem with leaving Florida at all," Holmes said. "I'm going to choose the best school for me that has good academics."

Holmes said despite his long offer list, he's keeping it neutral when it comes to favorites.

"I don't have any favorites," Holmes said. "This summer I'll probably have a list."

Holmes is visiting Oklahoma next weekend and Syracuse the following week, his father's alma mater.

Holmes is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 29 wide receiver in the 2014 class.

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