"He loves it," Lincoln coach Shawn O'Connor said. "He felt comfortable there. He really liked the atmosphere of the coaching staff. He got to meet the head coach (Brian Kelly) and some of the other guys on the coaching staff, faculty members, academic advisors. He felt very comfortable there. It was to see the facilities to compare to other places."
Holley made the trip with his uncle, and not surprisingly, Notre Dame's academic reputation and its penchant for graduating kids stood out.
"He and his uncle were very impressed with the academic support that is there for the kids," O'Connor said. "I think they're such a high-level academic school, they have a lot of support there for him.
"On the football end, they expressed to him where they see him on the defensive line. They said he can play a lot of different positions and not just one."
After his trip to Notre Dame, Holley and his uncle headed to Columbus, Ohio, to see Ohio State for the first time.
"He liked it there a lot as well," O'Connor said. "What stood out to him there is how they help him …in building a resume in case football doesn't work out (at the next level) with different fields. He got a tour of the place but he had to get back for school because we're not done yet."
"I don't know what his plans are for the summer," O'Connor said. "We're going to sit down and re-evaluate what is next. I do know he's going to take a trip to Syracuse, and possibly a trip back to Rutgers with his mom because it's close. I'm not sure if he's going to take any more long trips."