UPDATE: Notre Dame football recruiting: Irish land wide receiver Holmes

BOB WIENEKE
South Bend Tribune

Among the attributes that made Corey Holmes an attractive recruit, according to 247Sports.com national recruiting writer Steve Wiltfong, were that Holmes plays at a winning high school program, he’s a polished player, and that he does everything well.

“He’s a complete receiver,” Wiltfong said Wednesday afternoon.

Holmes now is a Notre Dame commit after announcing on Twitter that he “officially committed to the University of Notre Dame.”

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Holmes, who plays at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday became the 15th member of ND’s recruiting class of 2014 when he picked the Irish over UCLA.

Holmes also becomes the second receiver in the ‘14 class, joining Justin Brent of Speedway, Ind.

The addition of Holmes is big in that he’s considered a four-star recruit, but also impressive is where ND plucked him from — - talent-rich Florida. Add to that the belief that it’s considered a great year for receivers in the Sunshine State.

“It’s the place to be for wide receivers,” said CBS Sports recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, who believes that Holmes is among the top five or six receivers in the state.

St. Thomas Aquinas has sent a number of players to South Bend, including former Irish offensive linemen Sam Young and Dan Wenger, punter Ben Turk, long snapper Jordan Cowart and wide receiver Bobby Brown.

Credit for Holmes’ commitment gets sent the way of Irish recruiting coordinator Tony Alford. In addition to UCLA, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Auburn and Clemson were involved, meaning Alford was able to land Holmes over schools that were within driving distance of Holmes’ home.

“That’s not easy to do,” Wiltfong said.

Holmes last season caught 28 passes for 511 yards and five touchdowns. Those numbers may not seem huge, but Holmes was not the only Division 1-bound receiver on the team’s roster. Mark Barr, a senior last fall, signed with Cincinnati.

“This year, (Holmes) is going to be the go-to guy,” Lemming said.

Lemming pointed to last season’s state championship game, when Holmes caught four passes for 167 yards and a touchdown. He also pointed to Holmes’ 39-inch vertical and plus speed.

“A real good ballplayer,” Lemming said.

NCAA recruiting rules prohibit college coaches from publicly commenting on a prospect until the player has signed a national letter-of-intent. Signing day is Feb. 5.

Notre Dame on Wednesday landed its 15th verbal commitment for the 2014 recruiting class when wide receiver Corey Holmes of St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., picked the Irish.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Holmes, a four-star recruit according to 247Sports.com, caught 28 passes for 511 yards and five touchdowns last season.

Holmes plays at the same school that has sent a number of players to ND. That list includes former Irish offensive linemen Sam Young and Dan Wenger, punter Ben Turk, long snapper Jordan Cowart and wide receiver Bobby Brown.

Holmes has visited Notre Dame several times, and is the second wide receiver to pledge to ND's 2014 group, joining Justin Brent of Speedway, Ind.

Irish coach Brian Kelly and his staff are prohibited from publicly commenting on a prospect until the player has signed a national letter-of-intent. Signing day is Feb. 5.

Brian Kelly