Is Arizona Commit Looking At UW?

Did Washington's offer to Newbury Park (Ca.) ATH Darick Holmes change anything?

That was the question of the week once it was discovered that the Huskies had offered the talented athlete who will play both ways this season.

"I have known the coaches at Washington for a while," Holmes told "I knew the old staff when coach (Steve) Sarkisian was there and with the new staff there, I was being recruited by them when they were at Boise State, so I am really familiar with coach (Chris) Petersen and the program he runs.

"He's a top-notch coach and he took Boise State to the top 10, so he's obviously a great coach and I have a good relationship with him and the staff up there."

Holmes has never been to Seattle and said the he would like to take a visit, whether that is an unofficial visit or a an official visit is still to be determined.

"Oh yeah, I definitely want to get up there to check the place out and see the facilities and the school," Holmes said. "I know I want to take an official visit there, but I'd like to get up in the summer if I can work it out. We'll just have to see how that goes."

As far as his commitment to Arizona, the school he committed to back in late March, Holmes said he's still solidly committed to the Wildcats.

"I'm still committed right now," Holmes said. "Coach (Rich) Rodriguez and the staff there have been recruiting me for a while and I liked the program and the school.

"Washington offered me because they said they want me to keep considering them and if I change my mind on my decision, they wanted to make sure they had offered and let me know they were still interested if though I committed to another schools."

As a junior this past fall, Holmes was enrolled at Oaks Christian in Westlake Villiage (Ca.) and he totaled 404 yards and nine touchdowns on 58 carries while posting 21 tackles, two tackles-for-loss, two sacks and one interception.

"I would describe my game as explosive," Holmes acknowledged. "I feel like any time that I have the ball in my hands, I can score. I love to compete and make plays to help my team any way that I can.

"Most of the schools that have offered have told me they like me in the slot, but some like me outside. It doesn't really matter to me. I can play wherever the coaches need me."

We will have more from Holmes as he continues to prepare for his senior season this summer and we will update news on him as it happens.

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