Nebraska missed out on another one of its main targets in the 2017 class on Saturday afternoon.
Darnay Holmes, the No. 2 corner in the 2017 class and 5-star corner/wide receiver, announced in the fourth quarter of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday his commitment to UCLA.
Holmes selected the Bruins over Nebraska, Ohio State and USC. He was the third Nebraska target to commit to another school during the bowl game.
The Holmes recruitment has gotten messy the past few days, which put Nebraska near the top of his list. Holmes and his family were split on the decision just days ago, the corner wanting to go outside of the state to Ohio State and his parents wanting him to stay closer to home in Los Angeles.
Nebraska had reportedly been looked at as a good compromise, particularly with Nebraska’s connections to Los Angeles already, and the fact that Holmes would play with commits Tristan Gebbia and Keyshawn Johnson Jr., who he played with at Calabasas High School.
The rumor mill began churning on Friday after a Holmes’ name showed up in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln student directory.
His name did not show up on the UCLA or Ohio State directories. USC’s directory is private .
However, Holmes told Land of 10 this week he filed paperwork at all four schools, since he’s enrolling early and had not decided. So Holmes’ name in the director was either a clerical error, or Nebraska just filed the paperwork first.
Regardless, Holmes will stay in Los Angeles.
Holmes unofficially visited Nebraska three times during his recruitment. He was recruited by seemingly everyone on the Nebraska coaching staff, primarily wide receivers coach Keith Williams, cornerbacks coach Donte Williams and defensive coordinator Mark Banker.
Nebraska remains at 15 commitments in the 2017 class.