Heyward keeps connection with Holiday

2015 four-star cornerback Dechaun Holiday played in his first 7on7 tournament of the season over the weekend with B2G at 4th Quarter Sports tournament in Southern California. Holiday spoke with SCOUT about his dream school and the possibility of staying close to home...

San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills cornerback Dechaun Holiday is a Southern California native.

So, it might surprise to hear the four-star recruit has always dreamt of playing at Oklahoma.

Holiday holds 20 offers, but says the Sooners aren't one of them… yet.

If the Sooners do offer and land Holiday? Some credit must be given to San Diego native, former Sooner receiver and current New Orleans Saint Kenny Stills. Stills is the reason Holiday grew up watching Oklahoma.

"[Stills] was in my area," Holiday explained to SCOUT at 4th Quarter Sports 7on7. "He went to [Encintas (Calif.)] La Costa Canyon, that's kind of in the same area as me, so that was kind of always one of my dream schools.

"Ever since I was little, I kind of always thought about going to Oklahoma."

Holiday's family, however, thinks of him staying closer to home, perhaps at UCLA or USC. Both are options and Holiday says both schools are among those in communication with him the most.

The 6-foot-2 190-pound corner has taken unofficial visits to both campuses.

"I went more on like a personal visit to UCLA, just me," he said. "I really liked the campus, the environment of the campus. Just the way that they want to run things, it sounds real good.

"When I went to USC of course I liked it too. The coaches were really familiar with me and I kind of have a little bond with [defensive backs] Coach [Keith] Heyward as well.

"They are both two great programs," said Holiday. "I like a few different things at both schools.

"I like the area that UCLA is in, of course. It is real nice and the campus is real nice. Then at USC, I really like the way they play and the way they coach."

The Bruins defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin has been recruiting Holiday for UCLA.

"He is just telling me he is ready for me to commit of course and he wants me to play at corner and Coach [Jim] Mora wants me to play both sides, so that's good. I do want to play both sides, I want to play as much as I can to help my team win."

The Bruins have even shown Holiday film of players who starred on both sides of the ball for them in 2013.

As for the Trojans, Holiday has a long relationship with Heyward who has been recruiting Holiday since coaching at Washington. With the Huskies, Heyward was the first Pac-12 coach to offer Holiday.

"For him to come down here and offer me, it's nice," explained Holiday. "Since its ‘SC, it's even closer to home than Washington. Coach Heyward just kind of tells me the same thing, how he wants me to play cornerback and safety and be able to, if I can, play offense as well."

Holiday says he won't be afraid to make an early commitment if the feeling is right, though he could be making a National Signing Day decision as well.

He is waiting on an offer from Oklahoma and Oregon before he begins to think about narrowing his options.

"They are supposed to be offering soon," he said. "So I want to get those and then after that I mean, I'm always trying to collect but once the season starts I'll kind of be narrowing it down."

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