Playing for team Pro Way, five-star Darnay Holmes had a fairly long weekend of football on and off the field. Outside starring for his father's seven-on-seven squad Sunday, Holmes unofficially visited USC Saturday.
“It was definitely a great visit and USC is going to be a team on the
rise,” said Holmes. “Even though they didn’t have that strong 2015
class that committed, they still got after it at practice.
“It was a blessing just to see them up close. They had high intensity,
and it was warm out, so they had to get after it. The linemen, the
skills players… everyone was out there completing, laughing and having
“The coaches really interact with the team too. The coaches are
actually out there doing the drills with the players, so that’s what I
really loved about USC. The coaches really got on your butt if you did
Holmes is currently rated among the nation’s top three players at
cornerback in his class, but many schools — including USC — are
recruiting him as an athlete.
“I haven’t really talked to them about which position they want me to
play,” said Holmes. “I did talk to Coach (Heyward) and we talked about
defensive back stuff. I also spent some time with Tee Martin on
“I haven’t thought too much about where I would play if I went there.
Maybe I could be like Adoree Jackson, who might end up being one of the
greatest. He’s a big time guy who might end up winning the Heisman
playing both ways.
“Being able to contribute to the team and not come off the field? To
make the fans happy and the whole community happy, I’d definitely be up
for doing that.
“If they had me pick, I’d definitely be on the defensive side of the
ball. I’m the type of guy that can take the confidence away from a
receiver and be in his head the whole game. I like making the
quarterback have to throw to the other side of the field.”
In addition to his recent trip to USC, Holmes has made trips to the Big
Ten and Big XII regions to unofficially visit schools like Oklahoma,
Texas and Ohio State. The trips east have been an eye opening
“It really changed my mind about out of state school being too far
away,” said Holmes. “You get on a flight, which is really not that bad.
I talked to my parents about it and they want me to go where I fit at.
“My family is the type that is going to support me and fly out to all
of my games wherever I’m at. Going on those visits opened up my mind to
all possibilities. It’s where I can play as a true freshman, where I
can be in the hunt for a championship and which schools has the
academics I’m looking for.”
Coaching is also an important part of Holmes eventual decision on
choosing a college, but he has a very realistic view toward dealing
with coaches this early in his recruitment.
“The offers are just blessings,” said Holmes. “I don’t have long
conversations with coaches, because right now, coaches I build a
relationship with might not even be there in a year. That would be
“So I’m just researching how they coach and how I fit their systems
knowing things can change. I really focus on asking questions about the
business programs about each school. That’s something I want to study.
I also try to talk to the academic advisers to see the tutoring
programs. I’m also looking to see what academics support programs teach
the athletes life-skills after football, which most do.”
Last recruiting cycle, Holmes’ cousin, Desean, de-committed from USC
after making a pledge to the Trojans the summer of his senior year.
Darnay does not see that impacting his decision when it comes time to
make a commitment.
“Our family was behind him in making that decision,” said Holmes.
“Desean had to do what he had to do to get to that next level. When he
de-comitted we all showed him love.
“It wasn’t like, ‘Desean, you’re de-committing from a great school, why
would you do that?’ No, we were supportive when he opened things up.
He’s going to San Diego State now and I think he’ll be a top target for
them as a true freshman.
“And Desean didn’t talk bad about USC when he de-committed either. He
felt that was just the best decision for him and his situation. He
said, ‘If you’re thinking about USC, look into it. I had a great
relationship with the coaches, but it just didn't work out for me.’
“My perspective on USC is still the same. They have a great school with
a great tradition to back it up. It didn’t impact me at all.”
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