Scout ranks five-star Darnay Holmes as the nation’s top cornerback, but Notre Dame and many other college programs are recruiting him to play on both sides of the football.
That was the message Holmes got from Irish assistant Mike Denbrock during a visit earlier this month.
“He said I could be a great offensive player who could make an impact early on and they'd have a great scheme for me if I choose Notre Dame,” Holmes said. “It's a blessing just to know that coaches around the world know that I could play both sides of the ball. They said once I solidify myself as a corner they're going to let me play offense.”
Holmes, a 5-foot-11, 190-pounder from Calabasas, Calif., saw a lot to like during his first trip to Notre Dame.
“It was a solid trip just to see how prestigious Notre Dame is and how they can set you up on the right path after football,” he said. “It's good to know if I go there my family and I will be taken care of in the long run and they have a great football program and they're going to great things in the near future I believe.”
During the trip, Holmes spoke briefly with Irish defensive backs coach Todd Lyght and learned a lot more about head coach Brian Kelly.
“It was a good talk with coach Kelly,” Holmes said. “He was just saying about how he coaches and how he wants things to operate. He was a great guy.”
Holmes plans to return to South Bend this fall on an official visit, an indication that Notre Dame will be in the running for his services until the end of the recruiting process.
“They're getting an official so they're in the mix,” Holmes said.
Holmes also visited Ohio State during his Midwest swing and plans to see Michigan next week. After that he’ll focus on his senior season and completing his official visit schedule.