Darnay Holmes came in to The Opening with a big rep to live up to and did just that. He kicked off the week with a big time testing performance running back to back 4.32 and 4.35 in the 40 and then was one of the standouts during 7v7 play.
Holmes can play corner and receiver and saw action on both sides of the ball. On defense, he played a lot of nickel but projects as a true, lockdown boundary corner capable of taking away his half of the field. He has a rare combination of both short area quickness and top end speed, physicality, instincts and is a very competitive kid as well.
Holmes is talented enough as a receiver to get some reps on offense at the next level as well. He's explosive with the ball in his hands and is a true home run threat every time he touches the ball.
Holmes has set up official visits with the Michigan Wolverines, Nebraska Cornhuskers and Ohio State Buckeyes. The UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans will get unofficial visits and the Stanford Cardinal and Tennessee Volunteers are in the mix as well. UCLA looks like the team to beat and he'll make his decision at the Army AA Game in January.
Out here at The Opening. I’m Amy Campbell with Scout National Recruiting Analyst, Greg Biggins, evaluating Darnay Holmes, a five-star prospect. Really impressive—what have you liked from him out here?
I’m into everything. I mean, starting off with the testing portion, which he’s not really a test guy. He hasn’t tested in a long time. He ran 4.32 and 4.35. So tremendous explosiveness. And then out here, you mentioned athletic ability. He’s working out with DBs, working out with wide receivers. He’s just a tremendous, all-around, shut-down corner. Very active, very athletic. I like him a lot.
What do you think he’s bringing to the next level?
I mean, he’s a guy who can literally lock up one side of the field. He has that aggressiveness. He’s not a big dude—probably 5’10”, 5’11” on a good day—but he plays with an edge. Very tough, very physical. Maybe one of those guys you’d see in south Florida. Kind of that neck of the woods. Plays with that nice edge to him. He can run; he’s got short-area quickness. He’s got good ball skills. He really does a lot on the field that I think he could come in as a true freshman and make an immediate impact.