Holmes confident in ability

Darick Holmes is confident in his ability. Read on to see what he says about his potential to play right away and more.

Newbury Park (Calif.) wide receiver Darick Holmes is one of the best wide receivers in the country, so it is no surprise that he is confident in his ability.

In fact, the Arizona coaching staff is confident as well.

"I knew I wanted to go to Arizona when I first went up there with my father and my brother," Holmes said. "The atmosphere and the realness of Coach Dews and Rodriguez made me feel right at home, like it was made to be.

"The offense fits me. They told me I remind them of Tavon Austin, which I feel I am the same type of player as him. It is a great fit for me. Close to California, my mom and dad can get there to watch my games."

When watching Arizona's offense, Holmes came away impressed.

"I like the tempo and the way they spread the ball," he said. "What I will be expected to do right away is help out with the return game.

"They will move me around and I can play in the backfield or in the slot receiver. They told me that I will be big part of the offense right away."

It is that belief that helped make Holmes' decision easier.

"It means a lot because some schools redshirt you right away," Holmes said. "Kids now want to be able to at least come in and have a chance to play.

"They told me I will have a chance to come in and compete. If I win a job, I do and if I don’t then I don’t. They know I am going to come in and play hard and try to be able to help my team. I want to be part of coming in and feel I played a part in bringing them a national championship."

Arizona wasn't the only school trying to land Holmes.

"Washington went pretty hard up until a couple weeks ago," Holmes said. "Coach Peterson coached my dad, so it a unique situation.

"They felt I could come up there and help them a lot, which we knew we could. At the end of the day, it came down to my own decision and my dad let me make my choice and it was Arizona."

Darick's father played professional football and he is grateful for having him be a part of the decision making process.

"It is a lot of help," he said. "For him to be able to help me in this process is second to none. Not a lot of kids have parents that played in the NFL, but they would probably tell you the same thing.

"It is a tremendous help. It takes a lot of headache and pressure off of you. They can tell us what to do and not to do and what to look for and what not to look for."

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