Five-star recruit Darnay Holmes is one of the most highly-touted prospect in the 2017 class. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound defensive back spent this past weekend on campus at Stanford and was hosted by wide receiver Francis Owusu.
“Being able to stay with him over the weekend, see the guys on the team and see they are very social. (They are) caring and have a lot of love for the game and (are) not the type that’s too cocky in my opinion,” Holmes said. “They are all for everybody and it was a great visit.”
Holmes said he met fellow elite defensive back recruit Elijah Molden on-campus, both of their fathers go back to their NFL days. Holmes actually has multiple gridiron bloodlines. His father, Darick Holmes, spent five years in the NFL, and his older brother, Darick Jr., is a wide receiver at the University of Arizona. His family members who have been there before have simple advice for the Calabasas defensive back in his recruitment.
“They are being straight up and saying enjoy the process while it’s here but don’t get too big-headed right now. It’s only going to get harder as time goes, so keep grinding.”
Holmes spoke with both defensive backs coach Duane Akina and special teams coordinator Pete Alamar about how he would fit in their systems.
“They are trying to get the ball in the returners,” Holmes said of the special teams. “Coach Akina, in my opinion, is one of the best defensive coaches out there.”
He also spoke with members of the sports performance and strength departments and already trusts them to get his body to where it needs to be to thrive at the next level….even if Raisin’ Canes comes to Stanford.
Off the field, the academics and surrounding area appealed to Holmes as well. He said Stanford has strived to be the standard on the field and in the classroom.
"Academics is just up there and will always be up there,"he said. "I can play a part in accomplishing those things, and I had a chance to hang out in downtown Palo Alto with my dad and it's a nice city."
Holmes has set his commitment date at June 23rd, his birthday. He said teams of note include Stanford, UCLA, Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee and Washington. Those are just “some off the top of his head”.
His next few months will include visits to help him make that decision.
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“I should have a nice outlook on where I should be,” Holmes said.