Speedy DB Enjoys Auburn Visit

Talented DB Josh Holsey talks about his trip to Auburn on Wednesday.

Creekside, Ga.--A standout at the Chad Simmons Showcase combine in January, cornerback Josh Holsey has seen his recruiting take off with several schools offering following his impressive performance. One of those schools was the Auburn Tigers, a place Holsey visited unofficially on Wednesday.

"I had a great experience," the 5-10, 175 Holsey said. "It was a great campus. All the coaches are very nice, very open. They took us around touring. Took us to the Village, we saw some of the dorms.

"It was just a great experience for me. Auburn is a great place to be. I recommend it to people."

Being recruited as a cornerback by the Tigers, Holsey is now up to six offers as school have started to see the potential in the speedy defensive back. Running a 4.47 40-yard dash and recording an impressive 38 inch vertical leap at CES, he said at the moment he has two on top out of his half dozen offers.

"Right now, it's just two teams, Auburn and Virginia Tech," Holsey said. "I'm going to visit Virginia Tech in about two weeks.

"Auburn was the last one (offer) but I have six overall," he added. "I have Virginia Tech, Auburn, Maryland, Georgia Tech, N.C. State and I can't think of the other school (Virginia)."

With two schools at the top he said if he had to choose one as a favorite at the moment the decision would be a pretty easy one.

"Right now Auburn because I have been on a visit but I'll see when I go to Virginia Tech in about two or three weeks," Holsey said. "I'll see their campus and see what their coaches are like. I'll see if it's the same and the comparisons."

Making his second trip to Auburn after watching the Tigers win a game last year in Jordan-Hare Stadium. He said going back and having the opportunity to sit down and talk with the coaching staff was important for him.

"It gives you a chance to see what the coaches are really like and know what you're getting yourself into for the next three to four years or maybe the rest of your life," Holsey said. "It was good to see what the coaches are all about.

"All the coaches are great," he added. "Most likely, I'm going to end up coming back for the spring, for a sprig practice, just to visit the campus a little bit more before I make my decision."

One of the biggest things Auburn has going for it is coach Gene Chizik himself. One of the nation's top defensive back coaches turned head coach, Holsey said listening to him talk defense and secondary play as well as the Auburn program was a great thing.

"His office is really nice," Holsey said of Chizik. "I like his office. He's a cool guy. It's all about family and getting to know each other. He gave a good speech. I really like coach Chizik.

"To know that if I come I would have a really, really good chance of going to the league because he has three Jim Thorpe Award (winners) and a lot of the guys are in the league that he's coached. It gives you a good feeling going there knowing he's done something like that."

While he doesn't have a set day in mind to make his decision, Holsey said he plans to visit Virginia Tech and after that he could begin to narrow things down even more. He noted that he would like to get things done before the recruiting process gets even more hectic.

As a junior Holsey finished the year with 48 tackles and 10 interceptions.


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