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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Sooners impress Florida Watch List WR

By Brandon Chatmon

Corey Holmes' interest in Oklahoma didn't happen when the Sooners showed interest in the ESPN Watch List receiver. Holmes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) has had his eye on the Sooners for years.

"I’ve always liked Oklahoma," he said. "I watched them when they came down to play Florida in the national championship game."

Corey Holmes
ESPN Watch List wideout Corey Holmes said he has been a fan of the Sooners for a long time.
That interest explains why the Florida receiver made the long trip to Norman, Okla., for the Sooners' spring game last weekend.

"I’ve always been a fan of them," Holmes said. "To learn I was being recruited by them, I had to take advantage of the opportunity. And it was well worth the trip. I’m happy I made it out there."

Holmes, who boasts offers from OU, Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Miami (Fla.), and others, enjoyed his first time in Oklahoma.

"It went great," Holmes said. "The city was beautiful, the campus was awesome, the tour of the facilites was great, they’re top-notch. The spring game and the atmosphere was awesome. I really enjoyed the whole visit."

It's fair to say the dynamic receiver was surprised by the experience. His favorite part of the weekend?

"Riding around the campus," he said. "My family would agree, I was just shocked at the scenery of Oklahoma. Being in Florida, never been to Oklahoma before, my image was this old western city, really rural, tumbleweeds all over the place. But it was a really beautiful city with lush trees -- it being April and everything. I like Oklahoma City; I felt welcome there."

Defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery and receivers coach Jay Norvell spent the majority of the day with Holmes. And Norvell left a very good impression on the 6-foot-2, 178-pound prospect.

"Coach Norvell knows what he’s talking about," Holmes said. "Learning all the NFL players he’s coached, seeing the receivers during the spring game, that’s something I definitely learned [during the visit]."

Coming from a tradition-rich high school program like Aquinas, which has won a Florida state championship in two of the past three seasons, Holmes noticed some similar traits during his time around the Sooners program.

"The business attitude with everything," Holmes said. "They seemed really professional with how they carried themselves with everything in the spring game and how they were afterwards. Their attitude is really organized. And I was really impressed with that. I would compare it to my high school when it comes to that."