Saturday, July 25, 2015


Darnay Holmes of Calabasas High School has cut down his recruiting list to 10 schools. Holmes is considered the top cornerback prospect in the Class of 2017 according to and Rivals (photo credit 
Darnay Holmes – one of the top players in the Class of 2017 with 25 scholarship offers – went to social media to announce which schools made his short list on July 25.

Holmes told his Twitter followers that there’s 10 schools he’s considering: Alabama, Arizona, Miami, Norte Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State, Stanford, UCLA, USC and Washington.

Holmes, who no longer attends Newbury Park and has recently transferred to Calabasas High according to’s Greg Biggins, stated that the universities in his top 10 list “have the best environment for me.” But added “things can change when other scholarships are earned.”

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Holmes first exploded on the recruiting scene as a freshman, with Arizona becoming one of his early offers.

During the 7-on-7 club football season in 2014, he lined up alongside another young freshman who’s now one of the most wanted prospects in the nation: Keyshawn Johnson Jr. Both Holmes and Johnson Jr. played on Team 19, which is coached by former NFL and USC star wideout Keyshawn Johnson. Holmes has also played for Team Pro Way, which is based out of Newbury Park.

In his final year at NPHS, Holmes led the 11-3 Panthers with 89 catches, 1,350 yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, Holmes tallied 39 tackles including 32 solo stops and one interception, as he helped lead the Panthers to the CIF Southern Section Northern Division title game before losing to Paso Robles 13-10.

Among the other programs that have offered Holmes are Clemson, Louisville, Mississippi State, Syracuse and Utah.

He’s not only been listed as a 5-star prospect, but also the top 2017 cornerback prospect in California by both and Rivals. ESPN rates Holmes as the nation’s No. 4 overall prospect. 

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