Auburn Recruit Now A Recruiter for Tigers

Auburn commitment Josh Holsey talks about recruiting for the Tigers and his visit to the Big Cat event.

Fairburn, Ga.--After committing to the Auburn last week, four-star cornerback Josh Holsey has become a recruiter, trying to lure more highly-ranked talent to join him as part of the Tigers' 2012 class.

Auburn's third annual Big Cat Weekend gave him the opportunity to do just that as he focused on getting four-star cornerback and fellow Georgian Geno Smith to join him in the secondary at Auburn beginning with the 2012 season.

"He really likes Auburn," Holsey said of the cornerback from St. Pius X High school in Atlanta. "I'm going to call him and see what he's trying to do."

With events that included pie eating, video game and softball throwing contests, Big Cat Weekend gave recruits from 11 states the opportunity to relax and build camaraderie with each other and the Auburn coaching staff.

"I had fun with all the recruits that came down," said Holsey, a four-star cornerback from Creekside High, who selected Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers last week. "I am trying to recruit a couple of people so they can come down and play with me at Auburn," noted Holsey, who is rated as the No. 8 cornerback in the country by

Holsey said he thought Big Cat Weekend gave the Tigers momentum on the recruiting trail as they try to put together another strong signee class. With the late addition of running back Mike Blakely to the signee group, Auburn's 2011 class moved up from the No. 2 to the No. 1 ranked group in the country.

"I think they got a lot of recruits that are really going to like them now just by coming to it," he said. "I was just figuring to come down and play games and hang out with future recruits that I hope will come to play with me so we can win a national championship."

In addition to Smith, Holsey said he built his relationships with four-star quarterback and fellow commitment Zeke Pike plus four-star wide receiver Jaquay Williams from Sandy Creek High in Tyrone, Ga., a prime target for the Tigers.

Holsey said that Auburn feels like "home" and his commitment to the Tigers is strong. "It's home," he said. "It's a good place for anyone to come."

Holsey chose Auburn over offers from Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Tennessee, Southern California and others.

The Georgia native said the plans to return to Auburn in a few weeks for a seven-on-seven tournament and will use the remainder of the summer to workout and get ready for what he hopes will be a big season for his team during his senior year.

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