Calabasas, California, five-star cornerback Darnay Holmes has committed to UCLA. He picked the Bruins this afternoon at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl over finalists Nebraska, Ohio State and USC.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Holmes is considered the second-best cornerback and the No. 12 prospect overall in the Class of 2017.
The Bruins had long been considered the favorite to land Holmes, though his official visit to Ohio State in November plus a subsequent in-home visit from head coach Urban Meyer and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano put the Buckeyes in the thick of things late in the process.
Holmes spent a lot of time this week with future Buckeyes Tate Martell, Baron Browning and Jeffrey Okudah at Army Bowl practices. But it was reported Holmes' parents preferred he stay close to home for college, so the trio sat down on Friday night and made the decision for him to attend UCLA.
Ohio State, meanwhile, still holds commitments from Jeffrey Okudah, Shaun Wade, Isaiah Pryor, Amir Riep and Marcus Williamson, but Holmes would have been the cherry on top what could be the greatest defensive back haul in recruiting history.