Darnay Holmes recently returned from two major unofficial visits and the 2017 cornerback is definitely excited about where his recruitment is headed.
The Newbury Park, Calif., standout recently joined fellow 2017 recruit Keyshawn Johnson, Jr., on trips to Ohio State and Clemson and the Tigers have already offered.
The trip started at Ohio State and Holmes said he had a great time in Columbus.
"The Ohio State visit was very, very good," Holmes said. "I liked it overall. We saw all the facilities that are there. The practice was live. It was turned up. The defense was going against the offense.
"They have a game called win or lose. If the offense wins they get a point. If the defense wins they get a point. When they went 7on7 it was the same thing. Ohio State is a very competitive school. Every year they're in the BCS hunt and even when they were on probation they were 12-0.
"We didn't talk about an offer. We were just watching the practice. I got to know coach (Kerry) Coombs, the DB coach, we went to some meetings and I like how he coaches overall."
Holmes was very complimentary of the Ohio State program. Clemson might have even been better.
The 2017 prospect said it was the best visit he has taken yet - and although it's still really early, Holmes is highly interested in the Tigers especially since he's been offered.
"Clemson was probably the best visit Keyshawn and I ever had," Holmes said. "We got toured around and we saw the learning center where athletes go and the stadium. When we got to the stadium they started playing a video for us, like the highlights of the season, and we were like this place is nice.
"They only practiced for an hour but we could see the team bonding. They couldn't wait to play each other at the spring game. It was a very good trip."
Recruiting has picked up fast for the Newbury Park standout. So far, Holmes has been offered by Arizona, Clemson, Colorado State, Louisville, Mississippi State, Tennessee, UCLA and Utah.
No frontrunners have emerged this early.
"I'm not really worried about a team that stands out," Holmes said. "I'm going to keep working my skills and perfect my craft as a DB and try to be the best DB that comes out in 2017."