DeChaun Holiday: A Closer Look

Jan. 2 -- Scout takes a look at what UCLA is getting in their newest commitment, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills four-star cornerback DeChaun Holiday...

Profile: Dechaun Holiday
Position: Cornerback
Location: San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills
Height: 6-foot-2.5
Weight: 208 pounds

Ranking: Ranked as a four-star and No. 11 cornerback nationally in 2015 by Scout.

Recruiting: Chose UCLA over a finalist group of Arizona State, Oregon and USC and previous offers from Florida State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

The Scouting Report: Holiday has been one of the best defensive backs in the West over the past two seasos. He first caught our attention playing on the 7v7 circuit for B2G, playing opposite Iman Marshall. As teams tried to avoid Marshall, they tried Holiday and it was usually the same result. Holiday is a long, athletic prospect, who could play a number of different positions. We project him as a corner and think he'll play that in college, but it wouldn't be a surprise at all if he grew into a safety. He's also a pretty good receiver, and said that UCLA will give him a chance to catch some passes and he'd be a weapon there. With bigger receivers in the conference, we think Holiday will certainly start at corner and match up there. Holiday was the DB MVP, in a loaded field, at the Los Angeles NFTC and earned an invitation to The Opening, and he had a good week there. An eventual U.S. Army All-Amercian, Holiday had a good week in San Antonio too and cemented himself as one of the premier cover corners in the region.

Overall Analysis: Holiday is UCLA's top secondary commit and one of their top defensive verbals in this class, teaming up with Keisean Lucier-South as an Army All-American on defense (and they could still add Joseph Wicker), and he and Colin Samuel, another B2G prospect at corner, give UCLA a pretty good size tandem at the position. Holiday is the top prospect in San Diego this year, a place UCLA has had some success and other years has struck out. He's been the top realistic target on UCLA's board at corner, and with he and Samuel as well as Stephen Johnson and Octavius Spencer, who we think gets their first look at corner, gives the Bruins a very talented secondary class, especially if they can add Nathan Meadors to the mix on Signing Day. With some guys who haven't quit progressed the past couple of years and others with injury concerns, there is a very good chance Holiday gets on the field as a freshman- physically he's ready to play. Make no mistake, this is a terrific pickup for the Bruins, who've really improved their secondary recruiting under Demetrice Martin, one of the best recruiters in the Pac-12. While it was pretty much a foregone conclusion, for a long time too, that Holiday was going to end up a Bruin, getting him this close to Signing Day is an excellent way for the Bruins to start off the week.


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