Holmes chooses Notre Dame

Wide receiver Corey Holmes of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas discusses his decision to commit to Notre Dame over UCLA, including his relationship with Tony Alford and what area the Irish ousted the Bruins.

Notre Dame picked up their second wide receiver pledge in the 2014 class when wide receiver Corey Holmes of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas committed to the Irish on Tuesday evening before announcing it Wednesday on Twitter.

"This feels so great to be Irish," Holmes said. "I knew this was the right time to commit. Right after the UCLA visit is when I knew. My parents couldn't be more happy as well. I actually told Coach Alford last night that I was committing, and I'm talking with Brian Kelly today."

Holmes chose Notre Dame over UCLA, and he said the other runner-ups were Oklahoma and Florida.

"Notre Dame has a team full of guys who are focused on winning the national championship, and that's what put the Irish over the top of UCLA," Holmes said. "It was more about what I thought I could accomplish with Notre Dame on the field than anything else."

Holmes said when he spoke with recruiting coordinator Tony Alford, he received some very high praise.

"The coaches were really excited," Holmes said. "Coach Alford told me that of all the players he's recruited over the years, I was one of the best he's dealt with, and that's an honor."

"I'm ready to come in and contribute wherever they need me," Holmes said. "I'm going to be a big playmaker on the outside."

Holmes has visited Notre Dame four times in the past year, and he plans on being back again this fall for an official visit.

Holmes is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 32 wide receiver in 2014 by Scout.com.

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