Opportunity lured grad-transfer wide receiver to West Lafayette

Brian Neubert, GoldandBlack.com staff
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Corey Holmes, a graduate transfer wide receiver from Notre Dame, has committed to Purdue following a weekend official visit.

He will be immediately eligible at Purdue and have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

"Coming into the visit, I was looking for a number of things," Holmes said Sunday night. "I knew going into the visit that Purdue was very likely where I was going to end up going, but there was a couple things I wanted to see in person before I finally made that decision. I wanted to sit down and speak to the receivers coach, Coach (JaMarcus) Shephard, and the head coach, Coach (Jeff) Brohm. I wanted to see some things first-hand, and I was impressed to say the least. It was everything I was looking for."

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Holmes played in 12 games and caught 11 passes for 96 yards for the Irish last season. He was regarded as maybe the fastest receiver on the Irish roster and comes to Purdue at a position where it badly needs help.

"The most important thing to me was seeing that this was the place where I was most likely to come in and be able to compete for a starting spot right away," Holmes said. "That was the main thing I was looking at when picking a school, that and speaking with the receivers coach and seeing that he has experience at the position and knows what he's talking about, that he's someone I can play for and get better."

Spring practice has done little to provide any certainty at a position where Purdue's depth chart from last season was wiped out and it'll rely heavily on newcomers next season. Junior college transfers Isaac Zico and Terry Wright were signed to play immediately, but Purdue needs all the help it can get and has recruited accordingly before and after signing day.

A former four-star and Rivals250 prospect from Florida power St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Holmes was known as the fastest wide receiver on Notre Dame's roster the past few seasons.

He said he ran a documented 4.39 40-yard dash last spring.

Holmes was asked how he can help Purdue.

"My playmaking ability," he said. "That was something I don't think I really got a chance to showcase at Notre Dame. It was a lack of opportunities. With those opportunities, I think I can really show what I'm capable of. I think I have really explosive playmaking ability.

"My speeds helps me pretty much everywhere. Speed helps you be fast in and out of your breaks. It benefits you. I feel like I'm a deep threat, I feel like I'm a possession (receiver) and I feel like I'm everything."

Holmes, who chose Purdue over Marshall and interest from numerous other schools, will arrive in West Lafayette in July after he finishes out his degree at Notre Dame.

Holmes is the third graduate transfer to choose Purdue, joining ex-Western Kentucky linebacker T.J. McCollum and former Wake Forest DB Josh Okonye, with more perhaps to come.

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