With spring football over, or almost over, for most college football programs across the country, the picture gets a little clearer for those seeking a transfer. Former Notre Dame running back C.J. Holmes is most likely one of those that is looking for a new home.
Holmes was dismissed from the program in December along with wide receiver Kevin Stepherson and defensive lineman Brandon Tiassum. The talented ball carrier from Connecticut got in trouble in South Bend while shoplifting from a Macy’s department store with the aforementioned Stepherson.
There was some speculation early on in this ordeal that there may be a possible path back to the Notre Dame football team for Holmes. That speculation was shot down not long after by some insiders, so it was only a matter of time that we would start hearing about Holmes making a move.
A move looks to have been made - although how definitive a move it may be, is yet to be still determined.
According to both his Instagram and Snapchat, Holmes is visiting the home of the Penn State Nittany Lions. (@hunchocraig is C.J.’s Instagram handle).
Holmes is still enrolled at Notre Dame and is finishing the semester. This is the first indication that he is making a move, but we should not make the mistake of thinking that he is definitely transferring to Penn State. There is no way back to the Notre Dame football program for Holmes, so he will be moving on - and it looks like (at least right now) that Penn State is getting a look from him.
As a freshman in 2017, Holmes was going to redshirt until injuries at the running back position brought a need for him to play. He played in 3 games (mostly special teams) and had 8 carries for 32 yards in mop up duty (all against the North Carolina Tar Heels).
Wherever Holmes goes, he will have to sit a year and then have 3 more years of eligibility remaining.