According to a report from Sean Fitz of Lions247, former Notre Dame running back CJ Holmes has enrolled at Penn State. Holmes was dismissed from the Fighting Irish program earlier this year following a shoplifting charge. The former four-star prospect in the 2017 recruiting class carried the ball just eight times during his freshman season for 32 total yards.
Fitz' report indicates that Holmes will be walking onto the team at a yet to be determined position. James Franklin and the Nittany Lions pursued Holmes as a wide receiver out of high school, but as Brian Dohn of 247Sports says, his future could lie in any number of positions.
“I saw Holmes play his senior year and I always wondered what his best position would be. Is he a running back, a receiver or a safety? He was the true definition of an athlete. What really stood out to me was his ability to start, stop, accelerate and change direction. He also had sneaky speed."
I think he’s a kid that once Penn State figures out exactly where to use him he has a chance to make a big impact because he can do different things and create matchup problems.”
The Nittany Lions will lose two running backs off of the current roster following the 2018 season when Mark Allen and Johnathan Thomas graduate. A big season from Miles Sanders could see the junior pursue a pro career early as well.
All three departing would leave only current redshirt freshman Journey Brown, incoming freshman Ricky Slade, and 2019 commit Devyn Ford as the only backs on the roster, barring a second 2019 commit at the position.