UCLA Still In Mix For 2017 5-star CB Darnay Holmes

Nov. 11 -- Calabasas (Calif.) 2017 five-star cornerback Darnay Holmes has offers from coast-to-coast...

Calabasas (Calif.) 2017 five-star cornerback Darnay Holmes was continues to be courted by several programs as one of the premier corners nationally.

He's visited UCLA and USC for games earlier in the year.

"I'm still considering UCLA for sure," said Holmes.  "I have a longtime connection with Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin), and they'll definitely always be up there for me."

USC also offered Holmes and he's keeping a watch on who they hire.

"We'll see what happens with the new coach," said Holmes.

And Arizona, where his older brother, Darick, plays, is still somewhat in the mix.

"Darick said I should blaze my own trail and step away and not to pass on the academics of a school like Stanford but Arizona is still there," said Holmes.

The nation's top corner prospect in the 2017 class, Holmes joined teammates Tristan Gebbia and Brian Hightower in Seattle.

"If definitely felt like home with Coach (Chris) Petersen up there," said Holmes.  "I've known Coach Pete since I was a kid, but it was definitely cool seeing him as a coach recruiting me now."

Petersen was an assistant at Portland State when Holmes' father, Darick, the former Buffalo Bills running back, played for the Vikings.

"Coach Pete is a great guy and I got to know him even more and that's a big difference with him and other coaches because he and my dad go way back," said Holmes.

Holmes also got to spend time talking with defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake.

"Coach Lake is the one mainly recruiting me and was the first I really go to talk to up there," said Holmes.  "I also talked with Coach (Brent) Pease a little bit because he recruits my area and he recruited my brother."

Holmes said he liked what he saw at Washington.

"We had to rush things a little when we got there, but Husky Stadium eended up being one of the better atmospheres I've been in," said Holmes.  "It was the first time I've visited but it will be one of many visits I'll take.  They welcomed us as a family and we had great conversations with them.  We talked about how the life of a student-athlete is like, what their school life was like."

Next weekend, Holmes will head to Stanford to see the Cardinal play Oregon and then he'll head to Columbus the following weekend for the Ohio State-Michigan State game.

Calabasas will play Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa in the first round of the CIF-SS playoffs this Friday.


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