Commitment Analysis: Dechaun Holiday

Feb. 2 -- Scout takes a look at what UCLA is getting with their new DB commit, San Marcos (Calif) Mission Hills standout Dechaun Holiday…

Profile:Dechaun Holiday

Position: Defensive Back
Location:San Marcos (Calif) Mission Hills
Height: 6-foot-2.5
Weight: 215 pounds

Recruiting: Holiday had offers from schools all over the country but UCLA had been a solid leader since last spring. He had scheduled official visits with Oklahoma and Washington but never made it out for either school. He did visit Arizona State and took his visit to UCLA this past weekend. Although Holiday said he loved his time in Tempe, it would have been considered a pretty big surprise if he ended up anywhere other than in Westwood.

What to Like: Holiday is a big corner who looks like he could grow in to a linebacker. He's close to 215 pounds right now and you can envision him at about 6-3, 225 pounds easily in a few years. With that size, Holiday can move and is a better athlete than given credit for. He's very physical at the line of scrimmage and uses his long arms and big body to bully opposing receivers. He has good ball skills and overall body control and is strong in jump ball situations. He has good overall football instincts and a high football IQ. He shows the versatility to bounce between corner and safety in college depending on how much bigger he gets and has a very nice upside to him.

Areas to improve: It will be interesting to see where Holiday's body goes and exactly where he plays in a few years. He's a naturally big bodied kid and if he stays at corner, the concern could be will he have the overall quickness and hips to play against some of the smaller, quicker receivers you see in the Pac 12. He definitely still has upside as a safety and is plenty of physical enough to handle the position. The best case scenario for Holiday is he ends up similar to New England Patriot corner and former Oregon State standout Brandon Browner, who just won a Super Bowl earlier today starting at corner.

Overall Analysis:Holiday is a very nice pickup for multiple reasons. He's a national level recruit who was offered by schools like Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame and Oklahoma. He's a high end talent and everyone is now looking for those long, athletic corners to play against the big 6-3+ WRs that are currently dominating the game. He offers the versatility to play not only multiple positions on defense but has very good skills as a wide out as well. He's a competitive kid who plays hard and is a model teammate. His arrow is still pointing up in terms of upside as he has gotten better and better every time we see him and he was one of the top defensive backs during the recent Army AA Game practices. If he can continue to improve his flexibility and top end speed, there is no question he could stay at corner in college and make a nice career for himself playing on Sundays.


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