- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Cornerback Devin Holiday (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills) already ensures that there are no days off for opposing quarterbacks, but a familiar face will provide some assistance this season, as 2015 athlete and cousin, Dechaun Holiday, will suit up for the Grizzlies in 2012.
Devin Holiday -- an Arizona commitment -- collected six offers before his senior season, and there is a chance that Dechaun could be on track for similar success. He was placed on the varsity team this summer and participated in several passing tournaments, including events at San Diego State and Mission Viejo (Calif). The 6-foot-2, 185-pound athlete participated at a camp held at USD and guest-coached by Colorado’s staff last weekend and made an impression.
“I talked to the head coaches at USD and Colorado and it went well,” Holiday said. “They were saying that they liked how I was playing and they’re going to watch me as I keep growing.”
Holiday has also been in contact with a coach from Washington, though the sophomore said he understands how much time he has remaining in the recruiting process.
Coaches are likely to see plenty of Holiday over the next three years, however, as he made the move to cornerback this offseason, due to his potential at the position and in response to the depth at wide receiver.
“I mostly played wide receiver my freshman year, but now I’m more full-time defense,” Holiday said. “My coach has seen me play cornerback and he thinks I’ll be good at it.”
Some of the college coaches Holiday spoke to wondered if his frame would allow him to remain at cornerback at the next level or if a switch to safety could be in his future. He said he is open to playing any spot, and didn’t balk in the slightest when asked to move over from offense. Holiday said he figures as long as he is living under the same roof as his cousin, he may as well play the same position.
“It actually helps a lot, since we’re both on the same team now,” Dechaun said of playing alongside Devin. “He can help me with things while he’s on the sideline getting a rest. And I take a lot from him just on the things that he does and doesn’t do on the field. It helps me with things I should watch for at my position.”
Holiday said he doesn’t have a school that he would like to attend and hasn’t put much thought into shaping his recruitment at this point. But there is something that could guide him when the time comes to make a decision.
“I kind of want to go to the same school as Devin,” he said. “We’re really close and we spend almost all our time with each other.”