SAN ANTONIO – After a wild back and forth week, 5-star cornerback Darnay Holmes has committed to UCLA over Ohio State, USC and Nebraska. The country’s second-ranked cornerback chose the Bruins just moments ago from the Alamodome, in the fourth quarter of the 2017 US Army All-American Game.
That doesn’t mean this decision came easy. All reports, and a host of sources on both sides of this announcement, told Land of 10 for the last six weeks that Ohio State would be the choice, but everything was turned on its head Wednesday of this week. That’s when sources began sharing information that there was unrest within the Holmes’ family: his parents each preferred a different Los Angeles school while the 5-foot-9, 190-pound cornerback preferred the Buckeyes. The speculation was the Holmes’ mother preferred he stay at home with USC, while his father preferred the UCLA Bruins.
On Friday morning, all the buzz had Holmes picking the Trojans. By Friday night, it had flipped on its head again and it looked like UCLA was the pick. Then, on Saturday morning, a leaked video – a Bleacher Report commitment video that showed Holmes picking USC – put everything on its head once more. That video appeared to have been one final smokescreen in what was a week’s worth of confusion.
“The family is totally on different pages,” one source close to Holmes said Friday. “He needs to go where he wants to go.”
Apparently, where he wanted to go was UCLA. His relationship with Bruins defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin, a long-time friend of his father’s, was what eventually pushed UCLA over the top.
Ohio State has the country’s second-ranked recruiting class in the 2017 cycle.