Several of Arizona's committed recruits from California had been looking to find a weekend that worked for them to travel east to take in a Wildcats home game. Various homecoming events provided road blocks for much of the season, but this past weekend provided the opportunity many of them were looking for. And after an upset victory over USC, the Arizona coaching staff likely couldn't have been happier with the way things worked out.
Cornerback Devin Holiday (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills) was one of the ringleaders in orchestrating the trip and was able to take in his first Arizona football game.
"It was really fun," Holiday said. "There was a great atmosphere and the crowd was loud the whole time. I liked that a lot and am looking forward to playing on a big stage like that. All of us recruits were excited about it and talking about the future."
Holiday was joined by Arizona commitments Zachary Green (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure), Derek Babiash (Poway, Calif./Poway) and Ryan Dunn (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley), and did what he could to help out the Wildcats' coaching staff, as he also brought along teammates and Arizona recruits, defensive end Kiel Robinson, 2014 linebacker Fred Warner and 2015 cornerback Dechaun Holiday.
Though wide receivers and passing numbers ruled the day, Holiday said he was able to learn enough about what the Arizona defensive backs are asked to do in his first live look at the Wildcats.
"They play some two-man and some off-man, which I'm used to," Holiday said. "They mixed in a little cover-two and they used a lot of different coverages. I like that, when a defense switches up and you are able to use a lot of coverages."
The 5-foot-10, 148-pound cornerback said Arizona's 2013 recruiting class has grown close this fall, and Saturday's game tightened the bond.
"It was electrifying and it keeps us in contention for the Pac-12 championship," Holiday said of the big win. "It's exciting and the whole coaching staff and everybody is excited about that."