San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills cornerback Dechaun Holiday isn’t looking forward to leaning on his versatility in college.
While the 6-foot-2, 208-pound defensive back is built like a safety, he has made it clear that cornerback is where he prefers playing now and in the future.
“I’d have to say, that’s just what I do want to play,” said Holiday. “There are coaches that definitely want me to play corner and then there’s some that kind of want to put me in the bind of playing safety or corner.”
UCLA, Washington and Oregon have all stated that they will recruit Holiday as a cornerback. USC, on the other hand, remains ambiguous about where in the defensive backfield they see him playing in college.
“They didn’t necessarily say they just want to put me at corner, but they didn’t say they would put me at safety either, said Holiday.
Holiday had previously stated that USC and UCLA were his top two college choices. However, with UCLA recruiting him to play cornerback specifically, the Bruins may be the team to beat for Holiday’s commitment.
“The interest in both schools is still very high,” said Holiday. “Coach (Demetrius) Martin and Coach (Jim) Mora at UCLA… those are some great coaches.
“Coach Sark, Coach (Keith) Heyward and Coach (Justin) Wilcox, another great program and coaching staff there as well. Kind of just depends on your perspective and where they see you at.”
Holiday was one of 160 prospects to take part in The Opening last week in Beaverton (Ore.). Coming away from the trip, two new schools have emerged in the race for his commitment.
“I did get a little more interested in Oregon and Washington as well,” said Holiday. “UCLA and SC, they’re still up there of course, but Oregon and Washington, I am going to take another look at them because I am interested in them and I’ll probably make future visits to those schools as well.
“Those will probably be officials now, because I did take unofficials to both of those schools already.”
Holiday’s multiple trips to the Northwest has made a positive impression on the four-star cornerback.
“Just the vibe when I went to the two campuses,” said Holiday. “All of the coaches are really welcoming. The players I got to talk to, like Shaq (Thompson) from Washington, he just kind of talked to me a little bit about how the coaches are. He really likes them there and feels like they've got a good program there.”
Weather, depth charts and his relationship with the Oregon coaches has brought the Ducks back into the fold of his recruitment.
“Yeah, just kind of being up there and just the weather out there,” said Holiday. “It was a little hot that week for The Opening, but when I went on an unofficial visit it was overcast and that’s something I could really play in.
“Me and Coach John Neal talked too. I got to talk to a couple of his DBs and they like that place. Just looking at the depth chart, there’s not too many upperclassmen there, so hopefully I can come in and compete early if I do decide to go there.”
While Holiday wants to play cornerback in college, he has lined up almost exclusively at wide receiver for Mission Hills this summer in passing league.
“Yeah, I’ve been a little banged up just from The Opening and all that,” said Holiday. “Also, I’m just trying to help the younger corners on our team get work in because I won’t be in there all of the time.”
With his size, speed and ball skills, Holiday isn’t opposed to possibly playing on the offensive side of the football in college.
“Receiver, I mean, if I go into a program and they want me to play receiver, I’d be open to it,” said Holiday. “UCLA said once I perfect playing corner, they want to put me on the offensive side of the ball as well.”
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