Devonte Holloman said that Notre Dame will be on his list.
The four-star safety from national powerhouse Independence High in Charlotte, N.C. currently holds 13 scholarship offers. Notre Dame, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn, Stanford, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Florida have stepped to the table with full rides. Heavy interest is coming from several other top-notch programs around the country.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Holloman is hoping to narrow down his choices so he and his family can do a more in-depth look at all the lucky finalists beginning this summer. Recently selected to play in January's Under Armour All-American game, Holloman said he will make his verbal commitment at the game or around that time.
With Bill Lewis moving from Notre Dame's defensive backs coach to an administrative role, defensive coordinator Corwin Brown has taken over as Holloman's recruiting coach. The two try and talk once per week.
"He's a pretty cool guy," Holloman said. "Laid back. He really likes the school. He just got there. He hasn't spoken bad about it at all. He makes it sound like heaven on earth. He talks about it like he wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
"He talks about the history of the school and the atmosphere and how they'll treat me. I now about the history, but when I hear about those things from him, I'm like I have to go see it for myself."
Holloman said his first-ever trip to Notre Dame will likely have to come as one of his five official visits. He has been to Georgia, Clemson, North Carolina and North Carolina State. With being so busy with basketball, Holloman was unable to attend any junior days.
"I'll probably be going to a couple spring practices," he said.
Holloman began the season at quarterback, so his numbers were down a little bit as a junior. He made over 50 tackles with two interceptions and two forced fumbles. The nation's second-ranked safety by Scout.com, Holloman had 96 tackles and four interceptions.
Why will Notre Dame make Holloman's initial list of finalists?
"It's a big-time football program and a nice school academically, as well as football."
The Irish coaches are hoping Notre Dame will be on the parents' lists as well.