Holsey, Core Shine At Auburn Team Camp

Auburn commitment Josh Holsey and Auburn High's Cody Core stood out, but it was a tiny team from Arkansas that won the title.

Auburn, Ala.--They weren't the team that was supposed to win Auburn's Team Camp title, but little Central Arkansas Christian from Little Rock had a secret weapon. Born in Montgomery, Coach Tommy Shoemaker grew up and an Auburn fan and became good friends with Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn while he was at Arkansas.

Making it through the preliminary rounds and into the tournament, CAC defeated Prattville Christian in the semi-finals while Auburn High, behind the strong play of quarterback Cameron Luper and wide receiver Cody Core, took out Auburn commitment Josh Holsey and Creekside on the other side of the bracket.

Facing off in the title game it was all Central Arkansas as they easily took down the 6A powerhouse Tigers in the final to win it all. Shoemaker said it was a great experience for his team to come into Auburn and win a title.

"I grew up hard core Auburn so it's really neat for me to have one of my buddies on the staff," Shoemaker said. "Our guys were really excited about coming down here. We try to travel about once a year. I knew Auburn did a really good tournament and had heard good things about it. We trekked down here to see what we could do. I don't know that we expected to win the whole thing, but we just wanted to come down and compete against some different teams and try to get better."

Defensive MVP: Creekside Cornerback Josh Holsey

On the first day Holsey was as dominant as any player could possibly be in a 7-on-7 tournament. In eight games his team participated in the cornerback had eight total interceptions on defense. He also added at least six touchdowns on offense as well in his dual-role as a wide receiver. Holsey added another interception against Auburn on day two, but his team just came up short. He said that's not just something he does in the summer camp arena though, it's part of his game for Creekside.

"I never really come off the field," Holsey said. "It doesn't really bother me as long as my team wins. I just want to contribute in any way I can."

Playing on both sides of the football has made Holsey a dominating cornerback with the football in the air. Making interception after interception, the only one he missed out on was a tough play where he broke back under the receiver and couldn't hold onto a high throw. Following his miss he hit the ground for 10 push-ups. He said for him playing offense and defense goes hand in hand.

"I'm a defensive back so when I'm at wide receiver I know what the DB is going to do or what coverage they're playing so it helps me out," Holsey said. "I know when to stop my route or when to keep going. It's the same thing on defense. It's just a big advantage."

While many of the players taking part in the team camp are hoping to catch the eye of the Auburn coaching staff, Holsey has already done that. Not only has he already got an offer, but he's already committed to the Tigers. He said for him getting things out of the way has been a blessing although it hasn't kept the attention down.

"It's good," Holsey said. "Teams still try to talk to me and everything, but right now I'm focusing on football and the upcoming season."

Playing with Gene Chizik, Trooper Taylor and the rest of the Auburn coaches watching, Holsey said it's good to be able to show them what he can do and also cut up with the guys he's going to be playing for in the future.

"It's fun," Holsey said. "I'm trying to show them what I can do now so I'll have a better chance of getting on the field early as a freshman.

"All of the coaches speak to me and we have a good relationship. I have been down there multiple times so we have a good relationship. It just feels good to come out and just play. I'm going to be there to help Auburn try to win another national title."

Offensive MVP: Auburn WR Cody Core

A 6-3, 190 wide receiver with 4.46 speed in the 40-yard dash, Core was virtually unstoppable through the two-day tournament. Finishing with 14 touchdowns in 11 games he was easily the top performer on offense. He said for him and his team it was all about getting better.

"It was a good experience for me and the team," Core said. "This is the first time we went this far. We didn't think we would make it that far because we had some new guys in there, but me and Luper got it going and made some big plays. The chemistry is growing constantly."

Working out hard during the off season in addition to running track, Core said he's a much different player heading into his senior year than he was in 2010 for the Tigers.

"I'm very different," Core said. "I'm bigger and stronger. I have gotten my hands better. I'm faster and beating everybody off the line. That's what I have worked on the most is getting off the ball quicker and when teams are pressing."

The son of former Troy player Thad Core, he is already starting to gain interest from several schools and has a few offers already. He said he's just taking his time and trying to continue to show what he can do as he heads into the fall.

"I have offers from Central Arkansas and Georgia State," Core said. "I'm also hearing from Vanderbilt, Southern Miss, Troy and Georgia Tech."


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