Holmes Follows His Cousin and Notre Dame

When his cousin Duval Kamara was just starting to get recruited by Notre Dame a couple years ago, Isaac Holmes went along on a trip to South Bend with the future Irish receiver to take in the campus.

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive tackle said it was a "great experience."

"The environment itself and the people around were real down to earth," Holmes said. "It looked very interesting, and I thought this could be one of my future schools."

That trip was taken when Isaac Holmes was a freshman. Now a junior in high school, and one of the top players in the state of New Jersey in the recruiting class of 2009, the Hoboken High standout may have a chance to call Notre Dame his future school.

Notre Dame is one of the many schools showing Holmes love, joining the likes of Rutgers, Boston College, Miami, Penn State, Michigan State, LSU and Maryland. Irish head coach Charlie Weis came by the school last month to check on Holmes and teammate Bernardo Nunez.

"It was an excellent experience because I wasn't expecting the head coach to come by," Holmes said. "He wasn't allowed to talk to us, but it looked like he was really interested."

Holmes is likewise interested, but this early in the recruiting process, he has a lot of schools he favors.

"I have so many schools on the brain," Holmes stated. He is waiting for his first scholarship offer.

Hoboken finished with a 6-4 record this past fall. Holmes had 39 solos, 43 assists and 11 sacks.

"Basically, I give it all I have," Holmes said. "I'm relentless to the ball. I take the game of football very serious."

Holmes is also serious in the classroom, sporting a 3.2 GPA.

Holmes hasn't been to Notre Dame since his trip with Kamara, but he said he received an invite to the Irish's junior day on Feb. 24.

"I'm looking forward to trying to get out there, so you should me there," he said.

Holmes also has plans to attend a Rutgers junior day, a Maryland camp, and went to a couple Penn State games during the season. He tried to watch his cousin Kamara on television every Saturday he could, and caught up with him over winter break.

"When he came up here for Christmas break, we actually got to talking about Notre Dame. He said they're treating him very well out there, and he said when you do get a chance to take your official visits, you should come out.

"It wasn't so much of an excellent season for them, but I got a feeling with all the young talent coming in there, they're going to be pretty good next year."

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