Darnay Holmes has already picked up a plethora of big-time offers. One school that has not offered yet is USC but the Trojans have been stepping up their interest recently.
The 2017 cornerback from Newbury Park, Calif., said USC has been in contact and that he's highly interested in learning more about the program and possibly getting offered this season.
His cousin, Desean Holmes, is a four-star receiver in the 2015 class from Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany that has already committed to the Trojans and the 2017 prospect has made it no secret that could definitely help with his own recruitment.
"They told me they couldn't really contact me but I got their number so I can contact them whenever I have the time," Holmes said.
"That's pretty big. It's the hometown school. Having UCLA already and maybe getting USC would be big. Plus, having the commitment from my cousin is important. If I went there I could play college football with him and that's big since I didn't get to play with him in high school.
"My cousin being there will help my recruitment with them."
Holmes, a 5-foot-10, 182-pound cornerback who looked good at multiple events this off-season, has seen his recruitment take off in recent months.
He has already been offered by Arizona, Cal, Clemson, Colorado State, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, Ohio State, San Diego State, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State.
Holmes is just starting his sophomore season so there's absolutely no rush in making a commitment. USC is showing a lot of interest but the 2017 recruit said he's only focused on having a good year and will worry about his recruitment later on.
No trips are planned yet but Holmes is pretty sure he'll see some USC and UCLA games this season.
"I'm just focusing on the season at Newbury," Holmes said. "I'm trying to do big things up there. I'm just focusing on the season. I haven't planned anything or planned on going anywhere."