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UCLA football recruiting: scouting take on cornerback DeChaun Holiday

Holiday is a big addition to the Bruins class and what they hope is the first domino in what could be a massive finish on signing day

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA has a potentially massive signing day lined up if everything falls into place for the Bruins, but they already built some great momentum leading up to Wednesday with a commitment from 4 star defensive back DeChaun Holiday.

What kind of player are the Bruins getting in Holiday?

DeChaun Holiday - 4 star cornerback

Well before Richard Sherman, teams dreamed of having a big cornerback that could match up with the monster receivers they were forced to cover on a weekly basis. UCLA has found that big corner that so many other programs wish they had in DeChaun Holiday.

Holiday is built like a safety and has great length as well, but he's a fluid enough athlete to play man coverage on the outside. It's not surprising that a player his size (6'2" and around 210 pounds) can be physical and play press coverage. He does an outstanding job of using his length at the line of scrimmage and flip his hips and run with receivers.

I could see him having some problems with some smaller, quicker players, but he's the perfect player to match up with the giants that a lot of teams use in jump ball situations. He attacks the football in the air and competes for the football like a receiver. His ball skills are outstanding. They may be the best out of any defensive back in this recruiting class.

As well as being a press man corner, he'd be a great fit playing cover two because of the way he can be physical at the line and the great awareness he shows in zone coverage. He does a nice job of passing off receivers in coverage.

Even though Holiday is so big and could certainly play safety, he needs to improve his consistency as a tackler. He doesn't wrap up all the time and gets away with only throwing a shoulder into ball carriers in run support. If he did transition to safety during his career as Bruin, that's certainly something he'll need to be better at.

Holiday is talented enough to play wide receiver in college, but he has the potential to be develop into a big time cornerback in the Pac-12 at UCLA.