Atmosphere drew Holiday to Arizona

Atmosphere drew Holiday to Arizona

Devin Holiday was drawn to Arizona for numerous reasons, but says the overall atmosphere was one of the main deciding factors. Read on to see why, his thoughts on his future, and more.

One of the biggest weaknesses for Arizona in 2012 was on the defensive side of the ball. Opposing quarterbacks and receivers throughout the season burned the Wildcats' secondary. With many big plays being made, it was easy to see how Arizona struggled to stop some offenses.

A Mission Hills cornerback will be looking to change that when he steps on campus in the fall.

Devin Holiday signed his letter of intent to play for Arizona early Wednesday morning and is looking forward to moving forward with his football career.

While Rich Rodriguez and his staff recruited Holiday, it was the city of Tucson and its citizens that helped sell the cornerback on his college choice.

"When I got to Tucson, I got to see that it was a true college town, everyone walking around was for Arizona," Holiday said. "When you walk around the city, its nothing but U of A shirts and people saying ‘Bear Down'.

"Here, you see Chargers, Aztecs, UCLA, USC, and everybody else. In Tucson it's just the U of A and the whole city supports the program. That's what really helped sell me on everything."

Holiday recently visited Arizona on his official visit. He was hosted by a few of the Wildcat players and shown around the school. The high school senior also got a chance to see what the day in the life of a player is like.

"I had a great time on my official visit down there," Holiday said. "It was a great time and I had fun. I had Josh Kern and Wayne Capers showing me around and what they do. They showed me about working out in the morning and then going to class and everything else that happens throughout the day.

"It was a great experience to see what they do at Arizona and what my future is going to be like in Tucson."

While in Tucson, the cornerback enjoyed his time on campus and even learned a few things about the University of Arizona that he didn't know before.

"I love how the campus is laid out," he said. "I also love the history of Bear Down Gym. I found out that Revenge of the Nerds was filmed there and I didn't know that. I just liked the overall scenery and setting. Tucson is a college town and I like that."

Over the past year, the Arizona coaches have talked to Holiday nearly once a week, when it was allowed. They have built a strong relationship with him, so much so that he feels like they're already a family.

"I feel like I can talk to then about anything already," Holiday said of his future coaches. "The coaches can help teach me and lead me in the right direction. They're turning me into a grown man. All the coaches are great guys and they make me feel like I'm right at home."

One of the key points for Holiday's strong pull towards the Wildcat coaches is their personalities and belief in the players. He has belief in the program due in part to the faith that the coaching staff had in him.

"The coaching staff let me know from day one that they believed in me," he said. "They don't really believe in stars or ratings, but they believed in my talent.

"They haven't ever shied away from me. Even when I committed they still called me and talked to me as much as they could."

Holiday knew that he wanted to go to Arizona early in the summer of 2012. He took an unofficial visit to Tucson and knew that it was where he wanted to play. Instead of committing on his visit, he took his time, citing decisions of others around him as the reason that he waited.

"I knew I wanted to go there when I visited over the summer," Holiday said. "I went down sometime in May, but I didn't commit until June 21. The reason I waited it out was to make sure that was the place.

"I have friends that would go on a visit and commit and then come home and decide that's not where they wanted to be."

After taking some time to think it over, his decision never swayed in that he wanted to be a Wildcat.

"When I came home I wanted to wait and make sure," he said. "Usually, you wait a day or two and then commit, but when I came home I waited and waited to see if I would change my mind.

"That whole month and a half I never wanted to go anywhere else, but Arizona and that's why I committed."

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