Big fullback David Holbert from Brentwood Academy notes that the recent developments with the Auburn football program made him seriously consider whether or not he wanted to keep the Tigers on his list of favorites.
After studying Auburn's situation very closely much of the last week, he decided that everything was in good standing for Coach Tommy Tuberville and staff. With a good relationship with Auburn cornerbacks coach Phillip Lolley who recruits the state of Tennessee for AU and a good familiarity with the Auburn team, Holbert says he's glad the last week is over with and he can concentrate on having the Tigers as one of his top five schools.
"It was tough because I want to go somewhere with coaching stability," Holbert tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was pretty nice when he said he was coming back. I like the coaches the most (of the things he likes about Auburn). I like the players as well."
A bruising fullback who has the ability to play tailback or even linebacker on the next level, the 6-2, 235-pounder with 4.52 speed in the 40-yard dash has been a workhorse for powerhouse Brentwood Academy for the last two seasons. A short-yardage weapon who can take it the distance because of his combination of speed and power, he has scored 38 touchdowns the last two years and has schools from all over South looking to pencil him in as their fullback of the future.
David Holbert makes a sack as a linebacker during his senior season. Photo courtesy of Coacht.com
An advantage for Auburn in the recruitment of Holbert is that the Tigers have five of his former high school teammates currently on the roster. In addition to freshmen John Vaughn, Kody Bliss and King Dunlap, both Taylor Bourgeois and Jake Slaughter played for legendary Coach Carlton Flatt at Brentwood Academy and Holbert says that's obviously something to consider when making a decision.
"They just tell me it's a good place," Holbert says of his former teammates. "I talk to them a lot when they come home to visit."
Holbert got a chance to see Auburn football up close and personal just a few weeks ago when he visited the campus for the Ole Miss game. Like many players Holbert talked a lot about having the chance to go through Tiger Walk and experience what the fans can do for the players before a football game.
"It was nice," Holbert says of going to a game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. "I liked the atmosphere. I got to be in Tiger Walk. It was nice. People were calling out my name like they already knew me. That was good."
In addition to his Auburn visit this weekend Holbert says he plans to visit Tennessee (12-12), Florida (1-16) and LSU (1-23) and may visit either Oklahoma State or Louisville for his final visit before making a decision. He says that he'll likely take all his visits before announcing the school of his choice.
Mike McIntosh is a speedy prospect from Florida.
Expected to join Holbert at Auburn for an official visit this weekend is standout wide receiver Mike McIntosh from First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Fla.
One of the top players at his position in the country McIntosh has offers from dozens of schools, but has narrowed his choices down to a select five. The 6-2, 182-pounder with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash has already visited LSU back in October and will visit Clemson on Jan. 9, Florida on Jan. 16 and Florida State on Jan. 23 in addition to his trip to the Plains this coming weekend.
As a senior McIntosh caught 27 passes for 507 yards and seven touchdowns and also played defensive back. Needed at quarterback his junior season he passed for over 600 yards and rushed for another 400-plus yards. Three touchdown catches thrown in for good measure gave him 18 on the season, an impressive number for a player that moved from position to position for much of the year.
Auburn has already had five official visitors this recruiting season when C.J. Hunnicutt, Jason Watkins, Greg Hinds, Xavier Lee and Charles Johnson visited the campus for the weekend of the Auburn-Alabama game.