Friday, July 13, 2012

No Holiday for wide receivers

Photo courtesy of 24/7 Sports
Think of Mission Hills-San Marcos defensive back Devin Holiday as this, he's a smooth Mercedes Benz, only its going in reverse when you see it.

Long story short, Holiday had one of the smoothest backpedals I've seen out of any defensive back when I last saw him down in Fullerton with Passing Down.  His quick feet was one of the highlights from watching him at the Best-of-the-West So Cal Regional back in April.

Its not just his quick feet though that makes him stick out at DB. He has a low center of gravity and excellent hip direction that can allow him to adjust to any wide receiver routes.

Holiday originally told me that he was going to wait until National Signing Day to make his decision, especially with Arizona and Hawaii the only offers on the table for him. However, three more offers later, plus heavy interest from Rich Rodriguez and the new regime at Arizona was perhaps what convinced Holiday to pull the trigger now and become a Wildcat.

Whether if he's sold on Arizona in the end, or he adds more interest with a breakout senior season, the San Diego region has a defensive back that plays the zone coverage like an Asante Samuel. He has though spent time on his press coverage, thanks to a new relationship with well-known defensive back guru Tony Perry of Fresno, who has produced the likes of Ricky Manning Jr., Courtney Viney, former Arizona DB's Devin Ross and Rob Golden, and now highly touted DB's Johnny Johnson, Hatari Bryd and L.J Moore of Central-Fresno.

Holiday should fit perfectly in the new Desert Swarm 3-3-5 look, which places a heavier emphasis on nickel coverage looks. His ability to play in zone coverage can make him a potential safety. If his press coverage also becomes a greater strength, he could become the 'Cats next shutdown corner, just like Ross, Golden, and another former Arizona star Chris McAlister.


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