2017 4⭐️ RB/WR/SS/CB CJ Holmes told @MaizenBrew: "I'm very interested in Michigan. Their defensive staff is tremendous."— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) June 16, 2016
"I am very interest in Michigan because of the notable success they have had over the years," Holmes said. "Their program is quite prestigious and their defensive staff is tremendous. Coach Don Brown was actually the coach who offered me originally at Boston College, which was my very first offer. We have a great connection and I know he truly likes me as a player, so my interest builds while our relationship does the same. The University of Michigan has great academics, which makes the school that much better."
Holmes has offers to Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCLA, Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland, Mississippi State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, and Temple. However, the 6-foot-0, 195-pound athlete announced his Top 7 on June 11th, which includes Penn State, Tennessee, Syracuse, Michigan, Alabama, UCLA and Notre Dame.
7️⃣........ pic.twitter.com/CgkCaQMBx4— Cj Holmes (@CjHo1mes) June 12, 2016
The 2017 graduate of Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, Connecticut has not yet determined if Michigan will make his Top 5. Holmes, however, made if very clear that he likes Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.
"Jim Harbaugh has a lot of connections to the NFL, his knowledge for the game is obviously very high," Holmes said of possibly playing for Harbaugh. "With his level of intension and passion for what he does, I know I would have a great experience playing for him."
As for making an immediate impact on the field for Michigan, Holmes said, "Yes, I can. Based on my work ethic matched with my thirst for learning to get better, I know that I can adjust to the college level quickly. I am elusive, fast, agile, physical, but I think I can work on my overall strength and size."
Even though he is undersized at 6-foot-0, 195-pounds, Holmes does not believe that is why he is underrated. Instead, Holmes thinks he is underrated due to his home state.
"I am underrated because I am from Connecticut," Holmes mentioned. "But, I feed off that. It drives me to play that much harder."
Holmes will commit to a program by the end of summer at the earliest or after football season at the latest. He has not set a date for the announcement of his Top 5.