Four-star Cheshire (Conn.) Academy athlete C.J. Holmes remains a big priority target for Syracuse. After visiting in February, Holmes returned to the Orange campus over the weekend to see the spring game. This trip had a different feel than the last.
"I felt like there were less recruits there than last time," Holmes said. "I felt like I got to have a lot more personal time with the coaches. Get that small talk interaction, not just all football, but talking to them and being able to hang out.
"Anytime you get personal time to be able to talk to a coach, just being able to have that mentor time, it's always cherished. I really appreciated them taking the time with me. I feel like my relationship with Syracuse and their coaching staff continues to build and become stronger."
During the visit, Holmes was able to further bond with the coaching staff. He spent time with Nick Monroe and Mike Hart among others.
"They always show me a lot of love and they always express to me that they want me to become a part of the program," Holmes said. "They still strongly want me to play running back or some other position on the offensive side of the ball.
"As of right now, they're message to me is that I would feel at home at Syracuse."
Holmes was also impressed by the Dino Babers' offense during the spring game. He sees himself fitting in well within the scheme.
"I really liked the flow of their offense," Holmes said. "They have some things to work on, those ticky-tack things that need to improve. But the use of their running backs, how they split them out and use them in the backfield, the different types of ways they get that position going, I was really interested by it.
"I think it would be a great offense for me to work in one day, possibly."
Holmes says he is still keeping his recruitment open as of now. He plans to visit Tennessee for their spring game on April 16th and wants to see Boston College sometime this month as well.
A decision either at the end of the summer or sometime during his season is most likely, Holmes said.