2017 RB C.J. Holmes is '200 percent' committed to Notre Dame


Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame is 2-5. Its defensive coordinator, Brian VanGorder, was fired four games into the 2016 season. On Tuesday, one of its premier defensive prospects — consensus four-star defensive lineman Donovan Jeter — de-committed from the program.

And yet, C.J. Holmes is as firm in his commitment as he's ever been.

“I’m 100 percent committed," Holmes said on Tuesday night. "110 percent. 200 percent.”

A 6-foot, 196-pound running back, Holmes is ranked as a four-star recruit by Rivals and a three-star prospect by 247Sports. He's one of 17 verbal commits in the 2017 class.

That class, he said, is ready to revive Notre Dame football.

“Our attitude is that we’re going to come in and turn it around however we can and do whatever we can to get us back to where we need to be," Holmes said. "Right now the attitude is that I can’t wait to step on campus and make some noise.”

Roles were reversed on Tuesday, as Notre Dame running backs coach and all-time rushing leader Autry Denson stepped on campus at Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, Conn., to visit Holmes.

Holmes has little doubt of what program he's going to represent in 2017, or which coach he's going to play for.

“He’s by far my favorite recruiter, by far my favorite coach that I’ve come in contact with," Holmes said of Denson. "He’s just so genuine and so true to how he thinks and how he is that you’ve got to love him. I love the idea that he’s going to be coaching me for the next four years.”

Running back recruit CJ Holmes celebrates making a one-handed catch with Irish linebacker Jonathan Jones during the Irish Invasion at Notre Dame Stadium Saturday, June 18, 2016. ND Insider Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA