Holiday Announces for UCLA

Feb. 1 -- Four-star defensive back Dechaun Holiday talked about announcing his commitment to UCLA Sunday night...

Dechaun Holiday, the four-star defensive back from San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills, committed to UCLA Sunday night on local San Diego television.

"For the next four years, I'll be attending the University of California, Los Angeles," Holiday said on air. "I just really like the coaching staff there, Coach Mora and Coach (Demetrice Martin). I just like their football. The kids around there make it a great place as well."

Holiday, who finished his official visit to UCLA this morning, is the No. 1 cornerback in the country and the No. 76-ranked prospect in the country. He said the decision ultimately came down to location and the prestige of the conference.

Dechaun Holiday announcing on television
"It was crazy narrowing it down," Holiday said. "I took a couple things into consideration, the location, the conference. The locations so my family could come to see me. I think it's important just you kind of know what it's going to be like after football."

There's been some speculation about what position Holiday may play in college, since he's all of 6'3 already, but he's pretty sure of his position -- at least initially.

"They're fine keeping me at corner," Holiday said. "From what Coach Mora told me, I can pretty much play whatever, corner or receiver or whatever. I'm going to be coached by Coach Meat (to start with) but we'll see what lies ahead. They want me to come in and try to play as soon as possible. It'll go on how summer goes (but) they see me coming in and making an impact on the squad as soon as possible."

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UCLA is building a strong DB class and added a nice piece to the puzzle when they landed a commitment moments ago from Scout 100 athlete Dechaun Holiday.

"I had a great relationship with the UCLA coaches and it just felt like home for me," Holiday said. "Coach Meat (Martin) has been recruiting me for a long time and I always felt like a top priority for them. I like Coach Mora a lot too and I think he definitely has the program going in the right direction.

"UCLA likes me as a big corner and that's how I see myself as well. They said they like big corners like me that can play physical and I know I'll get better there. I love the campus and the location is perfect too. It's close to home but still far enough way where I feel like I'm still getting out on my own."

Holiday took his official visit to UCLA this past weekend after visiting Arizona State two weeks ago. He held offers from schools all over the country including Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma and USC.

"ASU was a great visit and I liked it there a lot," Holiday said. "They impressed me more than I thought but I had such a strong relationship with UCLA and I've been talking to them for three years now, since I was just a sophomore.

"The visit to UCLA was great. I got to hang out with the players and the other recruits. I had already done the campus tour and seen the football facilities. I know the school pretty well already from previous visits so this was more about bonding with the guys on the team and I really fit in well there.

"It feels great to have this decision out of the way, it's a load of my back for sure. I knew UCLA was where I wanted to go for a while but to actually make this commitment public feels awesome.

"I'm ready for the next step and the next challenge. My goal is to come in and compete for playing time right away. The coaches want me to try and play as soon as possible so if I'm ready, I'm hoping to be out there. I know it's going to be a challenge but I think I'm up for it, I'm excited and ready to go."

Holiday is currently rated the No. 4 corner in the West region and the No. 76 overall prospect in the country.

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