Holmes, In My Office

This past week, Hoboken (N.J.) High defensive tackle Isaac Holmes could not stay out of head coach Lou Taglieri's office.

And that was a good thing.

Every time Isaac Holmes turned around, the 6-foot-3, 290-pound standout was being called back with another scholarship offer.

"My first offer came from Rutgers," an excited Holmes said. That came last weekend when he attended the Scarlet Knights' junior day. "After that Miami. I received two back to back from Maryland and East Carolina. Then came Notre Dame. Virginia is in the picture right now. The last one, the Florida Gators."

That's seven offers in one week. Prior to that, Holmes had just been receiving interest from schools.

"It was a real big February," Holmes stated.

This past season, Holmes had 39 solos, 43 assists and 11 sacks, as Hoboken finished the season 6-4.

He got his verbal offer from Notre Dame four days ago.

"I talked to an assistant coach," Holmes said. "I can't remember his name. I've been dealing with so many names this week.

"He was just letting me know that they're going to recruit me very heavy. They just lost a couple linemen and if I come in with a hard work ethic, I'll have a chance to come in and play as a true freshman."

That's what Holmes' cousin Duval Kamara did.

"I texted him a couple times," Holmes said. "He never really responded. I guess he was busy."

Holmes has been on Notre Dame's campus once before, and hopes to make it in next Sunday for the Irish's junior day.

"Really right now, I'm not going to make any promises," he said. "Most likely, I should be there. I'm going to get in touch with my coaches and see if I can make it out there."

As of right now, Holmes is planning on camping at Maryland and Rutgers. With all the recent offers, he has quickly become interested in every program.

"It's really early," Holmes said. "I have a lot of favorites right now. Hopefully later on, I can narrow it down to a top five or something like that.

"This week has been a real big difference. I had people interested in me, but I was like next year, I have to go out and work hard and show colleges that I have what it takes. After this, seeing that I have the offers, it shows me I have what it takes to play on the next level."

Holmes reports a 3.2 GPA, a 340-pound bench press, and a 515-pound squat.


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