Open Options for Holmes

With Wisconsin being no stranger to recruiting players like St. Thomas Aquinas, the Badgers are one of five schools to get an early offer in to junior receiver Corey Holmes.

MADISON - Wisconsin has made a splash in recent years in the Sunshine State, and the one school that seems to always be on the agenda for the Badgers to stop in at is St. Thomas Aquinas.

Not only do they pump out D-1 players yearly, but the players that come out of the Raiders' program are some of the most talented, college-ready players in the country. The next phenom to come out of this powerhouse is 6-0, 180-pound junior receiver Corey Holmes. This summer has been a time for Holmes to zone in his game, but really experience as many college campuses as possible.

"My summer has been going pretty good," Holmes told Badger Nation. "Visiting different colleges all over the country has been very exciting for me as well as attending a camp."

While Holmes hasn't been around to many camps, one he did go to gave him what he was looking for.

"Michigan has actually been the only camp that I have attended and of course that went very well for me," Holmes said. "I had set out to do something and I accomplished it, so I was very happy with that. It had always been a dream of mine to gain interest from the University of Michigan."

That camp performance led him to a eventually offer from the Wolverines, but that hasn't stop others from joining the fold. As for where his suitors stand, it is looks to be wide open.

"I have five offers from Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, Rutgers and South Florida," Holmes said. "I don't really have a top list yet and just keeping my options open."

Wisconsin is familiar with St. Thomas Aquinas with having one of their alumni in running back, James White, safety Dezmen Southward and linebacker Conor O'Neill, but made their presence felt officially after seeing one of Holmes' practices with his team in May. Wisconsin also has a feather in their cap with having White on its roster, but not to where it will affect his interest.

"Wisconsin comes to our school all the time and stays for our practice," said Holmes. "It was after our practice that my position coach told me that Wisconsin was going to offer me. Well, me and James White's parents are actually friends and we keep in touch all the time. I think it is really cool that somebody from St. Thomas is up there, but I wouldn't say that has done anything with my interest towards Wisconsin."

The Badgers will be no slouch in his recruitment with him already establishing a strong relationship with co-defensive coordinator Charlie Partridge.

"Charlie Partridge is the coach that is recruiting me," said Holmes. "My relationship with Coach Partridge is very good. He has told me multiple times that they really want me and they could see me fitting in perfect with their program."

Although Holmes has been really going and going, it seems like his travel plans are almost complete for the summer. Now, he is turning to focus to his goals for his upcoming season and what he hopes to achieve for this season.

"This Friday I am going to Florida'S Friday Night Lights camp, but that's about it for colleges this summer," said Holmes. "My goal for this upcoming season is to get over a thousand receiving yards and at the end of the season be in the conversation of being one of the top wide receivers in the nation."

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