— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 8, 2016
I gotta give it to these kids these days. The originality is off the chains with these football commitments.
Last season Notre Dame used star athlete C.J. Prosise (converted safety/wide receiver) at the tailback position because of the departure of transfer Greg Bryant and the injury to starter Tarean Folston. Prosise exploded on the scene and went on to rush for over 1000 yards with 11 TDs while parlaying into an early draft pick for the Seattle Seahawks.
CJ Holmes has many of the same qualities as Prosise – not just including their first names. Notre Dame sold Holmes on the ability to use him as a playmaker on the offensive side of the ball and I think he’s one of the top 5 all-purpose backs in the nation. Both have a similar build but Holmes looks like he has better hands and is a little more smooth running between the tackles.
Holmes made his first trip to South Bend in June for the Irish Invasion. He left there making the biggest impression among the elite prep stars who attended the one-day camp. Holmes was blown away by the campus, staff, and the emphasis on being a “student-athlete” and not just a football player. Today he made his commitment known while attending the Nike Camp called the Opening.
Getting a star athlete like Holmes is huge for Notre Dame because of his versatility. He can be a star tailback, receiver, or even defensive player. The ND staff has told Holmes his first spot will be RB and will use him like they did Prosise during his senior season. Sign me up for that. Always nice to have a tailback with home run break-away ability.
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