2013 DB Has Tigers On Top

2013 standout Erik Holliday discusses his trip to Auburn and what has the Tigers on top for him.

Birmingham, Ala.—One of the fastest-rising prospects in Alabama for the 2013 class, Jackson-Olin defensive back Erik Holliday is still waiting on his first offer, but after playing just one year of varsity football he's already hearing from some of the top schools in the South.

A 6-1, 177-pounder with 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, Holliday took an unofficial visit to Auburn on Monday to check out the Tigers and spend some time with recruiting coach Tommy Thigpen. Admittedly growing up an Alabama fan he said the trip was more than he expected and the Tigers are now at the top of his list.

"It was definitely great," Holliday said. "I had a nice time meeting all the coaches and looking at the facilities. It was my first time doing all that so it was great. It was perfect. We just spent an hour talking about schematics and terminology. It was great.

"Definitely Auburn is my top school right now when it comes to recruiting," he added. "The only reason they haven't offered me is because they don't have a cornerback coach yet. As soon as they offer me I'm thinking about committing."

Playing both safety and corner for the Mustangs in his first season on the varsity last year, Holliday had 63 tackles with five interceptions and 13 passes broken up. That kind of production and versatility is something Holliday said Auburn liked about him.

Erik Holliday

In addition Alabama, Mississippi State, Georgia and Georgia Tech have expressed early interest in Holliday. Last season he made it to several games at Bryant-Denny Stadium and was also in attendance for Auburn's win over Florida in Jordan-Hare Stadium. He said those types of experiences really helped him see what he needed to do in order to live out his dream of playing in the SEC.

"Most folks don't know how it is unless they see it in person," Holliday said. "At the Auburn-Florida game you got to see how fast it is because it's nothing like high school, everybody in college is extremely fast. I saw Alabama-LSU too. It lets you know how college tradition really is and how much emotion goes into playing those games. It was great."

Still waiting on an offer to come through, Holliday said if that happens to be from Auburn then he has no doubt he would like to get his recruiting out of the way early.

"I think I'm getting close to rolling with Auburn," Holliday said. "I feel like I could play there early. I want to play in the SEC because it's the best conference. I think Auburn is my best fit so far.

"My dad is a big Clemson fan, my coach is a big Georgia fan, and my whole family are Alabama fans," he added. "I don't even know any Auburn fans in my family, but they always tell me to go with my heart and I feel like Auburn is the place for me."

Holliday plans to make a return trip to Auburn on Feb. 25 and he's hoping another trip will end with him having the offer he's looking for from the Tigers.

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