Darnay Holmes to visit Ohio State and Michigan
In the coming weeks, either Ohio State or Michigan could get a win over their heated rival. Five-star CB, Darnay Holmes (Calabasas, Calif. / Calabasas) is currently seen as the best CB in the 2017 recruiting class, according to 247Sports and Bleacher Report Monday, and that he plans on visiting Ohio State and Michigan this summer, with a possible visit to Miami as well.
The 5 feet 10 inch, 190-pound defensive back reportedly plans on announcing his college decision on his birthday, June 23. Assuming he follows through with this plan, there will now be limited time for schools coveting Holmes' talents to get a chance to recruit him. The timeliness of his announcement date makes his planned visits to Ohio State and Michigan this summer that much more important.
As it stands now, it is a different Big Ten school that has the odds on gaining Holmes' services. Nebraska has been leading his recruitment for sometime now, with five of the 14 total 247Sports crystal ball predictions in its favor. Stanford has also played a major role in his recruitment, but the team has dropped off a bit recently.
Both Ohio State and Michigan have been doing their due diligence in recruiting Holmes, however neither school has been looked at as a potential leader. This might change after Monday's interview, in which Holmes had this to say about Ohio State:
Ohio State's been there for me. Michigan's in it now. Ohio State is definitely my type of school. I've been there three times, and I always have a great time. I like how they produce NFL draft picks every year and the great things going on there. I also like the coaches and the great environment.
Holmes went on to talk about how he thinks highly of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and how the commitment of his friend, CB David Long (Las Angeles, Calif. / Loyola) in last year's recruiting class gives them an edge.
Holmes' is on commitment watch already, so make sure to keep checking in with Land-Grant Holy Land for the latest.
Trevon Grimes continues to list Ohio State as leader
Five-star WR Trevon Grimes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / St. Thomas Aquinas) is a familiar name to those who follow Ohio State recruiting. Grimes has long been viewed as one of the top receivers in the 2017 class, and has been linked with Ohio State for almost just as long.
Grimes has continuously gone out of his way to list Ohio State as his leading school, and he did so again late Sunday night.
Leader https://t.co/W5BKzayty1— GrimeTime™ (@TrevonGrimes7) May 22, 2016
Despite the constant acknowledgement, there are still those who believe Grimes is just as interested in Florida as he is with the Buckeyes. Of course, there will always be interest in a hometown school, especially one with the history of Florida. However, the only person who could possibly know what Grimes will do come National Signing Day 2017, is Grimes himself and he hasn't given Ohio State fans any reason to worry.
That being said, Grimes still has one more year of high school football to play before he has to make a decision, so theoretically, nothing can be eliminated. However, the only sure thing right now is that Ohio State is the leading school for one of the top talents in the 2017 recruiting class.
Four-star PG sets reclassification announcement date
Before four-star PG Markell Jackson (Cleveland, Ohio / East Technical) decides on where he will play basketball on the college level, he will have to decide on when he will play in college. Currently seen as a 2017 prospect, Jackson may be able to graduate early enough to reclassify to the 2016 class. He spoke with 247Sports Monday, and provided more information on his timeline.
Jackson told 247Sports that he plans on making the decision in July, because he will be able to take summer classes then and start working on graduating early. That is, if he decides to do so, which he is still unsure about.
Jackson would be a terrific addition to Thad Matta's 2016 recruiting class, which mainly features forwards and centers. The four-star PG would bring in a more than capable guard to a team which lacks depth at either position after losing two from last year's recruiting class.
As it stands today, the leading schools in Jackson's recruitment are Ohio State, Xavier, Louisville, Virginia Tech and NC State. Look for this list to be trimmed down quickly if he decides to reclassify.