The Opening: Dechaun Holiday

San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills defensive back Dechaun Holiday is one of the most versatile players in the West. He took part in The Opening this past week and showed he belongs among the nation's best...

Dechaun Holiday is one of the biggest corners in the nation, measuring in at The Opening at 6-2.5, 208 pounds. As a result, some feel he might project better as a safety in college but most schools are recruiting him for corner right now.

"I had a great time out here," Holiday said. "It was great competing against all these great players. There were some great receivers with Christian Kirk, Cordell (Broadus) was doing his thing and the guys from Florida were all good too. It was fun and I thought I stacked up pretty well overall."

Holiday is long and rangy and covers a lot of ground. He excels in press coverage and is working hard on his short area quickness and burst. Where he ultimately plays in the secondary in college could be determined by how much more size he puts on. Whether he stays at corner or moves to safety, he's a very good prospect with a nice upside.

Holiday has a small handful of schools he's looking at but said two schools are standing out right now.

"I like UCLA and USC a lot," Holiday said. "They're both coming at me hard and I like the coaching staffs a lot. UCLA probably stands out a little more because they want me for corner and USC is saying safety. I prefer corner so that's really the only thing separating them right now.

"I also like Oregon and Washington a lot and you can throw in Arizona State too. Everyone is saying corner except for USC. As for when I'll decide, I'm still battling that right now. A part of me wants to commit early but I want to wait until I'm 100% on that and right now, I'm only 50-50. If I'm not ready by the end of the summer, I'll take my official visits and wait until the fall to commit anywhere."

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