A closer look at the nation's number one corner, Calabasas (Ca.) CB Darnay Holmes, and what makes him so special

We continue to spotlight some of the top players on Washington's recruiting board and today we look at the nation's number one corner, five-star Calabasas (Ca.) CB Darnay Holmes...

Evaluation: Unlike most of the top corners in the country, Holmes isn't very long, but he's solidly built and he's got long arms which allows him to re-route receivers and they also allow him to defend balls in the air much better than shorter corners typically can. Holmes is also very physical for a player his size and he doesn't back down from anyone. I like him in zone coverage better than in man-to-man situations where his elite speed and quick reactions can make him a big threat to pick of a ball and then take it the distance. Holmes is also an amazing return man and he could definitely make an early impact as a returner depending on the needs of the school that ultimately winds up getting him.

Spring/Summer Visit Plans: Holmes plans to visit several schools this summer including Nebraska, UCLA, Washington, Arizona and Alabama among others. His visit to Nebraska would be his third trip there in the past 12 months.

Camp Plans: Holmes said he'd like to attend camps at UCLA and USC and he may do some regional camps, but was unsure which ones he would attend. Holmes did attend the Nike Opening Regional event in Los Angeles two weeks ago and he'll attend the Opening Finals in Oregon in early July.

Offers: The offers poured in for Holmes during the fall and winter and he's got his choice of top 25 programs to choose from.

Favorites: Holmes was hesitant to name a leader at this point, but Nebraska and UCLA are considered the odds-on favorites along with Stanford who some thing could be the wild card right now. Don't rule out Ohio State and with Holmes' ties to Washington's staff, particularly his close relationship with Chris Petersen, the Huskies, who look like a longshot right now, could wind up being a darkhorse for his services when it's all said and done.


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