Interview by Sam Webb, story by Josh Henschke
2017 five-star defensive back Darnay Holmes is a participant in The Opening this week, showing his skills against the country's elite. Rated the number one defensive back in the country by Scout, he is also in high demand by programs around the country as well.
With a trip to Ann Arbor scheduled for later this season, Holmes also broke the news to Scout.com's Greg Biggins that he will also be traveling to U-M for the BBQ at the Big House event as well. One of the major reasons why he has interest in the Wolverines in the first place is because of some California Wolverines that have been in his ear.
"Just (Jim) Harbaugh," Holmes said. "David Long and my boy Dylan Crawford is up there. They're telling me that you can't pass up on that Michigan degree and Michigan football with coach Harbaugh. You will always have a spot on an NFL team with his brother coaching the Ravens. They're just preaching a lot of things over there."
Most observers during The Opening believe that Holmes will be staying on the West Coast and that UCLA is presumed favorite. However, Holmes insists that distance will not be a factor in his decision and that whether he will fit into the program of choice, his family likes the environment and quality of degree will all play into his decision.
Another potential situation that might draw Holmes to a specific school is the recruitment of his cousin, Desean Holmes, who is transferring from San Diego State to play his college football elsewhere.
While it could be enticing for Holmes, he doesn't consider it much of a factor when it comes down to making a decision.
"It's whatever," Holmes said. "If he wants to go where I go then that will be a blessing. I will let him decide on his own and what's best for him and his family."