Corey Holmes is a 4-star receiver who is committed to Notre Dame. The Irish are led by Brian Kelly, who is more of an offensive-minded head coach, so Holmes will definitely get a chance to showcase his talent in South Bend.
With his size, interesting skill set and potential, Holmes has a chance to become a big part of the Golden Domers' offense. Notre Dame certainly has high hopes for the talented Holmes, who deserves a closer look as a prospect and player.
Holmes is a receiver from Florida who plays for national powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale. He caught 28 passes for 511 yards and five touchdowns as a junior, according to 247Sports.
Although he doesn't have great production, Holmes has flashed enough talent to be selected to the 2014 Under Armour All-American game in January. He committed to Notre Dame on July 17.
At 6'2" and 175 pounds, Holmes has solid quickness in his release off the line. He flashes good explosiveness to immediately take away cushion on the perimeter, can separate at junctions with quickness and has good speed.
Holmes does a solid job of reading coverages before the snap, has the athleticism to avoid traffic underneath and can adjust his routes on the fly. He has good vision to find voids in the secondary, and has a knack for settling down to make himself available to the quarterback between defenders.
Holmes has good hands, tracks the ball with his eyes and displays the ability to adjust his body to different throws around his frame. He can jump with defensive backs and catches well in traffic.
After the catch, Holmes' speed and quickness allow him to make big plays. He has a quick, upfield transfer after securing the ball, can dart from defenders and has adequate long-speed.
Holmes has a long frame, but at 175 pounds he lacks bulk and strength. He could have some issues releasing versus press coverage and will need to learn how to use his hands better to get off the line.
Holmes also will have some problems sustaining blocks on the perimeter should he not get any stronger. Also, although Holmes has solid speed, he's more of a quicker-than-fast athlete.
This is a clip of Holmes' junior season highlights. A trait that's noticeable as the tape wears on is Holmes is a smooth athlete. He has graceful movement skills, and displays solid body control to get himself in position to catch passes.
Holmes participated in the Miami NIKE Football Training Camp on March 17. On several clips of this reel, Holmes does a solid job of releasing upfield with a good forward lean. He also shows off his ability to sink his hips, settle down at a junction and shoot away to separate.
He didn't have the best day catching the football, as he dropped several catchable passes.
Holmes will have a productive career at Notre Dame. He has good growth potential, exhibits smooth speed and has the potential to develop into a polished receiver.
He may not make an immediate impact, but he will be a key receiver for the Irish before the end of his sophomore season.
He's not as strong and scrappy as Golden Tate, but may be a more sudden athlete than Michael Floyd. Like both former greats, Holmes will leave South Bend as one of the better receivers Notre Dame has had this century.