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Holmes impressed by weekend trip

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Darnay Holmes was one of many Team 19 members to visit Cal this past weekend. What was unique for the 2017 cornerback was that he left with his newest offer from the Golden Bears.
The Newbury Park, Calif., standout toured the stadium, sat in on meetings and talked extensively with the coaching staff.
Holmes, who is loading up on early offers, was definitely impressed and said Cal will stay under serious consideration in the coming years.
"We went to the stadium and we got a tour around the stadium," Holmes said. "We saw the locker rooms and went into the football meetings and then we watched the practice.
"When we watched the practice they were just practicing plays and stuff. They only did a two-hour practice so the practice wasn't really high tempo. It was a chill Saturday.
"After that, they called Keyshawn (Johnson, Jr.) and me in with the head coach and he was talking to us about Cal and how they're offering us. It was a very good day."
Holmes, who also has offers from Arizona, Clemson, Colorado State, Louisville, Mississippi State, Tennessee, UCLA and Utah, said he really likes how defensive backs coach Greg Burns goes about his business.
The 2017 prospect got a chance to see the corners in practice and likes how they operated.
"The coaching staff is good," Holmes said. "The cornerback coach is a guy who's very high on good technique. He said if you make the play looking sloppy then he'll still be mad. He said fundamentals are the key to success.
"The DB coach is a guy who cares about the little things because they count."
Holmes is still taking it slowly. He's only going to be a sophomore in high school and has plenty of time to make a decision. The next step for him is an unofficial visit to the SEC next month.
"I'm supposed to take a trip to Tennessee with Keyshawn in May," Holmes said. "We're going to take an unofficial visit over there. We're going to check it out. We're going to see the practice and talk to the coaches face-to-face."
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