Talented Defensive Back Still Waiting

Defensive back Erik Holliday discusses his recent visit to Auburn and gives his thoughts on Brian VanGorder and Willie Martinez.

Birmingham, Ala.—Even though he's still waiting on his first offer, Jackson-Olin standout defensive back Erik Holliday isn't getting bored. Running track for the Mustangs and getting constant attention from some of the top programs in the South, Holliday's time will come but right now he's just taking everything in stride.

"Right now it's going real steady," Holliday said. "I'm just waiting on my opportunity to go to some camps so I can showcase my talent. A whole bunch of colleges want to see how I work out in person. That's what I'm preparing for.

"I'm hearing from Mississippi State, Missouri, Georgia, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee," he added. "I'm going to camp at Auburn and probably Clemson this summer."

A visitor to Auburn in early February, Holliday made a return trip to the Plains for the Tigers' second junior day recently and came away impressed with his first meeting with new secondary coach Willie Martinez.

"It was great," Holliday said. "I had a chance to talk to Coach Martinez, the new defensive back coach. That was real cool. It was real important to get a feel for the guy who might be coaching me on the next level.

"I got to see what he's looking for in a player. That was great. I spoke with him for over an hour so we got a good chance to get a feel for each other."

Spending time with Martinez, Holliday said he also got to talk more with new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder. Now that he's had the chance to meet both and spend more time with the Auburn staff, the 6-1, 177-pounder said good things are in store for the Tigers down the road.

"I just know that anybody going to Auburn is going to get coached up pretty hard," Holliday said. "They just let me know they are trying to win another national championship."

In addition to his visits to Auburn and also several trips to Alabama, Holliday said Ole Miss and Mississippi State both wanted him to attend a junior day on their respective campuses but he was unable to attend. He said he plans to visit UAB in early April to get a look at the Blazers.

Playing both cornerback and safety for the Mustangs last season Holliday had a big year in the secondary. Racking up 63 tackles and five interceptions, he also added 13 passes broken up.

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