Holley "Loves" Notre Dame Visit

Thomas Holley

Abraham Lincoln High (Brooklyn) four-star defensive tackle Thomas Holley stopped in at Notre Dame on Friday and came away impressed about the school.

Abraham Lincoln High (Brooklyn) four-star defensive tackle Thomas Holley's summer visits are winding down, but he remains uncertain when he will make a decision.

After a Florida swing earlier this month, the 6-foot-4, 280-poun Holley was at Notre Dame and Ohio State on Friday and Saturday, respectively, and his time in South Bend, Ind., was spent well.

"He loves it," Lincoln coach Shawn O'Connor said. "He felt comfortable there. He really liked the atmosphere of the coaching staff. He got to meet the head coach (Brian Kelly) and some of the other guys on the coaching staff, faculty members, academic advisors. He felt very comfortable there. It was to see the facilities to compare to other places."

Holley made the trip with his uncle, and not surprisingly, Notre Dame's academic reputation and its penchant for graduating kids stood out.

"He and his uncle were very impressed with the academic support that is there for the kids," O'Connor said. "I think they're such a high-level academic school, they have a lot of support there for him.

"On the football end, they expressed to him where they see him on the defensive line. They said he can play a lot of different positions and not just one."

After his trip to Notre Dame, Holley and his uncle headed to Columbus, Ohio, to see Ohio State for the first time.

"He liked it there a lot as well," O'Connor said. "What stood out to him there is how they help him …in building a resume in case football doesn't work out (at the next level) with different fields. He got a tour of the place but he had to get back for school because we're not done yet."

The trips came after he made visits to Florida, Florida State and Miami the previous week, and next week he will be at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore.

"I don't know what his plans are for the summer," O'Connor said. "We're going to sit down and re-evaluate what is next. I do know he's going to take a trip to Syracuse, and possibly a trip back to Rutgers with his mom because it's close. I'm not sure if he's going to take any more long trips."

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