Calabasas high school (Cali.) 2017 five-star defensive back Darnay Holmes has left Lincoln after a weekend visit and the Huskers appear to have moved up the junior’s list.
After a fifth visit to Lincoln in the last year, Big Red Report asked Holmes what stood out and why the repositioning for the Huskers.
“When they brought out the stats regarding how Nebraska can develop you from a man to a boy, for instance the academic All-Americans, that really stood out to me,” said Holmes. “Football isn’t going to be there your whole life. My dad really preached that when I was little. He said ‘be a great guy in the classroom and outside the classroom.’ That it was about building connections in your life.
“At Nebraska, there are a lot of things that can help me become a pioneer in the work world. Nebraska has a lot of things they can do for student athletes. That is why they have a shot.”
With one of the richest championship traditions in college football, Nebraska has only landed four 5-star commitments since 2005 and none since 2011. Holmes realizes a commitment to Nebraska would be a major boost for the program when it comes to recruiting perception, but isn’t one to play it up.
“I’m not really one that enjoys being in the spotlight,” said Holmes. “I have always been in the spotlight in my opinion, but I try to find ways to get out of the spotlight. Not that I don’t enjoy it, but it’s not the most important thing to me. I’m not a cocky guy. There are a lot of things that I can provide for a program, there are a lot of things the Calabasas pipeline could provide for a program. There is already one guy (from Calabasas – Marquel Dismuke) out there. They are going to have a shot to get a couple more guys if communication goes well.”
Similar to teammate Keyshawn Johnson Jr., who also made his fifth trip to Lincoln, Holmes said the conversations are getting deeper with the coaching staff.
“There is a little more meaning to it,” said Holmes. “It’s not just the coaching staff telling us thank you for coming out, but about when we pick a college. They said I need to do what’s best for me, because you are going spend the next four years of your life at the school.
“One thing I took out of this visit was when Coach (Brian) Stewart told me before making a decision go in the classroom - to sit in and watch a business major class. Then the next step is to see a game day environment. When it comes to game day atmosphere, Nebraska wins that list.”
Holmes has offers from Alabama, Arizona, Florida State, USC, Ohio State, UCLA, Stanford, Michigan and Notre Dame among others. Holmes' brother, Derek, plays for Arizona.