Sept. 23, 2011; Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA; St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders quarterback Max Lescano (9) throws a pass against the De LaSalle during the first half at Piccolo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Find a New Holmes?

Sept. 23, 2011; Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA; St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders wide receiver Dami Ayoola (1) during a game against De LaSalle at Piccolo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, Notre Dame lost two receivers and two of its top recruits of the 2012 recruiting class. Recruiting is a 24/7, 365 process now. The loss of Ferguson and Neal changes the priorities for the staff greatly.

This weekend, Corey Holmes, a 6’2″ Wide Receiver from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida will visit Notre Dame. This will be the second time Holmes has unofficially visited Notre Dame. He first visited the Irish on September 22nd of last year for the Michigan game. It was at this time when he picked up an Irish offer.

Corey Holmes is currently focusing on three schools: Miami, Michigan and Notre Dame. According to 247sports Composite rankings, Holmes is the 224th best player in the country. He attends the St. Thomas Aquinas High School. This is the same high school as former Notre Dame players Ben Turk, Jordan Cowart, Sam Young and Dan Wenger.

Because of Notre Dame’s track record with the school, the number of times Holmes has visited and Notre Dame’s desperate need for players at his position, Brian Kelly should have a great chance of landing a verbal commitment from the 4-star Wide Receiver.

What stands in Notre Dame’s way right now? First of all, distance. Whenever the Irish deal with a prospect from Florida, this will be an issue. But, because of Holmes’ interest in Michigan, this might not be something he is worried about. The second issue may be his interest in his other two schools.

Notre Dame has struggled to land primetime Wideouts under Brian Kelly. He has been able to recruit every position accept that. The Irish could begin to buck that trend this weekend with a commitment from Corey Holmes.

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