Holsey Hangs Out With AU's New Coordinator

Auburn commitment Josh Holsey discusses his official visit to the Plains, talking with his new defensive coordinator and more.

Fairburn, Ga.--Committed to Auburn since May of last year, four-star cornerback Josh Holsey was already familiar with the AU program before his official visit. In addition to spending time with the coaches and players he had already met, one of the highlights of his weekend was getting to know Brian VanGorder, the Tigers' new defensive coordinator.

"It was great," Holsey said of his latest trip to the Plains. "I got to hang with the players all weekend and hang with other top recruits. We had a great time down there just hanging with them. We have a great bond, all of us, Jonathan Jones, Jaquay Williams, we have a great bond. It's already fun when we see each other. Being down there with them makes it even better."

Another fellow commitment who was in town was linebacker Cassanova McKinzey. Having already taken his official visit he decided to drive down and hang out with his fellow classmates and get a feel for VanGorder. Holsey said it was cool to see a player do that and it shows him how much this class has come together.

"It's just family," Holsey said. "You can just see how much he enjoys coming down just to be with us. I talked to him and he said he just wanted to come hang with us. If I wasn't on my official I would have probably done the same thing, too."

One of the reasons for that would have been to sit down and talk with VanGorder. The former defensive coordinator for the Georgia Bulldogs and most recently with the Atlanta Falcons, he brings experience and success to the table on both levels and Holsey said that is important to him.

"He's a very good guy," Holsey said. "I think it's going to be a lot of fun playing under him. It seems like he has a lot of great schemes. He knows a whole lot from being in the NFL so he has a lot of experience. I think that's a great thing.

"He said he just wants playmakers," the defensive back added. "He said coming in he will be able to shape me to do what I need to do to make sure I'm ready. He said he can put the mental part in me, but the physical part has to come from me."

Just about every prospect who signs with a college such as Auburn has dreams of playing in the NFL. Holsey is no different. Hoping to one day make it to the league, he said having a coach who has been there and done that is exciting.

Holsey is shown at a football camp the summer before his senior season at Creekside High School.

Also important is the success he's had in making his defenses some of the best in the country. "It means a lot," Holsey said. "Just knowing the defense is going to be great means a lot. I want to be a part of one of those defenses that is tops in the nation. That's a good thing. I know it won't be hard to get to where I want to go with him being the defensive coordinator."

Something that Holsey said is exciting about Auburn is having the opportunity to come in and play early. With so many young faces playing key roles in 2011 it means he will have a chance to compete against players who don't have much more experience than him when two-a-days arrive in August.

Like many Auburn fans, Holsey watched the Tigers' bowl game against Virginia with great interest. Hoping to see the defense step up and make key plays, he said getting the win and doing it by a comfortable margin was exactly what he was looking for after a shaky start to the game.

"They had me nervous early because Virginia came out after them, but how they finished with all the young guys, they were all still fighting," Holsey said. "They made sure to push that lead up. It was a lot of fun to watch that game."

With colleges from all over still trying to get Holsey to take a visit and change his mind on the Tigers, he said for him it's just a matter now of signing on the dotted line. Not interested in looking around, Holsey said, "I don't have any other visits scheduled. I'm done for now. I'm just waiting to get down to Auburn. War Eagle!"

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