June 23, 2016
ANN ARBOR – The top cornerback in the nation is planning his five official visits and said Michigan will be one of them.
Darnay Holmes, a five-star 2017 recruit from Calabasas High School in California, told Rivals.com that three of his visits will be to Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska. The others aren’t determined yet.
“I don’t know the last two,” he told Rivals. “It’s all up in the air.”
Holmes, 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, is planning a summer trip to Florida and would like to visit Miami, Florida and Florida State, but isn’t sure if he’ll squeeze them all in. He told Rivals that he would avoid using an official visit on any of the Florida schools that he hits during the summer. Holmes is planning on visiting Nebraska for the season opener against Fresno State on Sept. 3 and Ohio State for the showdown against Michigan on Nov. 26, but doesn’t have a date set yet for a trip to Ann Arbor.
Holmes is the No. 1 cornerback and No. 10 player overall in the 2017 class, according to 247 Sports Composite rankings, and said UCLA, Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska are recruiting him the hardest. He told Rivals he recently received an offer from Michigan State and, given the program’s history of developing defensive backs, he’s interested in the Spartans.
“That’s a new offer so that’s exciting,” Holmes told Rivals. “I’m definitely going to try to visit Michigan State. I’m definitely a big fan of Trae Waynes and Darqueze Dennard. That’s DBU. Well, there are a lot of DBUs but they have a resume as DBU for sure.”
As a junior, Holmes had 31 tackles and two interceptions. He also finished with 55 receptions for 886 yards and 10 touchdowns and 34 carries for 242 yards and three touchdowns.
Michigan has 15 players committed to its 2017 class, including three-star cornerback Benjamin St-Juste. Michigan State has 12 players committed, but no cornerbacks.