Calabasas (Calif.) five-star cornerback Darnay Holmes has a lot to do in December.
After leading Calabasas to a 58-21 win over Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt Friday, Holmes jumped on a 1:00 a.m. flight to Columbus (Ohio) via Chicago.
Before his visit to Columbus, Holmes talked about Ohio State as a college option.
“Ohio State is a great visit for my mother and father to go on,” said Holmes. “I’ve never had my mom on a visit and that a big time factor. I feel like she’s going to love it because when I went up there I loved it.
“I like the culture at Ohio State. They're always a hard knock team. Each and every year they have a shot at being ranked in the top five. They produce NFL talent and they perform great on Sundays. Michael Thomas is a big brother on mine.
“He’s performing as a No. 1 performer, so just to see that is great.”
Coming off an official visit to Ohio State last weekend for the Buckeyes thrilling defeat of Michigan, Holmes, a mid-year graduate, now looks forward to an official visit to USC.
“I’m taking that visit (next) Friday night after the game,” said Holmes. “Adoree (Jackson) played a big role in that.
“I wouldn’t say he made me take the visit, but seeing him out there competing day in and day out… he’s loving it up there. They’re using him in a major way and he’ll probably be a Jim Thorpe Award winner if he keeps on doing his thing.”
USC is recruiting Holmes to fill the potential vacancy that will be created if Jackson enters the NFL Draft this off season.
Holmes hasn’t been around USC much since the summer, but he has a lot of hometown connections to the university.
“I’m going up there to spend time with Tyler Vaughns, Trevon Sidney and the other Pasadena boys, so its going to be a great visit,” said Holmes.
Most recruiting experts have written off Holmes to UCLA or Nebraska, but he has taken notice of the Trojans turnaround this season.
“Starting off 1-3, they got off pretty weak,” said Holmes. “I don’t know if it was the quarterback situation or what, but Coach Clay Helton turned it around.
“Defensive coordinator (Clancy Pendergast) stopped teams from rushing and passing the ball a lot. USC is just doing great things over there.”