Tennessee offers DB from alma mater of Vols’ great Eric Berry

Josh Holsey, one of the state’s top prospects at cornerback, was wondering when Tennessee was going to offer a football scholarship.

How could he not? Tennessee fans had been asking Holsey about it over Facebook and Twitter for the last few months.

They were well aware of Tennessee’s connection to Creekside High, which is the alma mater of one of the Vols’ all-time greats, Eric Berry.

Creekside's Josh Holsey is "the best we've had since Eric Berry." says his coach. (Photo by Creekside HS)

Creekside's Josh Holsey is "the best we've had since Eric Berry." says his coach. Holsey ran a 4.31 at camp last weekend and has a dozen offers, including Auburn, Georgia Tech and -- now -- Tennessee, alma mater of his mentor, Eric Berry.

Holsey’s social network finally got the answer they were looking for on Thursday when Tennessee offered Holsey and made serious inquiries about his Creekside teammate, cornerback Davion Tookes, who committed to Virginia Tech last February.

“It was shocking to get the Tennessee offer,” Holsey told the AJC. “I guess those people on Facebook and Twitter will be happy now. That was kind of funny.”

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Holsey has around a dozen offers and will likely get more after being clocked at 4.31 seconds in the 40-yard dash at a prospect camp last weekend. Auburn, Georgia Tech, LSU, Virginia Tech are among the other offers.

“He’s the best defensive back we’ve had at Creekside since Eric Berry was here,” coach Johnny White said. “His ball skills, his athleticism, his speed … he’s the total package.”

Holsey said if he had to sign today, it would be with Auburn. “I’ve been over there 3-4 times. I’ve got a good relationship with the coaches. I like the campus and just have good vibes about the place.”

Holsey has started in the defensive secondary since his freshman year and has 19 interceptions, including 9 last year. He considers Berry to be “like an older brother.” They work out together when Berry visits Creekside to train at the school.

What has Berry told Holsey about Tennessee? “He’s never mentioned Tennessee or any colleges,” Holsey said. “He doesn’t talk about that stuff. He just wants all of us to be the best player we can be for Creekside High school.”

Holsey made unofficial visits to Georgia Tech and Georgia last week during spring break.

Georgia Tech offered last January. “I got to meet with coach Paul Johnson. He told me if I come there, I would have a good education and a great chance of playing early.”

At Georgia, Holsey said he met with several assistants and never got around to coach Mark Richt. Georgia is Holsey’s childhood favorite but has not offered. “They said they want to see more of me in action at their camp before possibly making an offer. It’s all good. It just means I have to keep on working hard.”

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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61 comments Add your comment

Worm

April 14th, 2011
8:10 pm

Sounds like the dawgs need to offer.

johnny too good

April 14th, 2011
8:20 pm

I got a question in reference to these camps……..
UGA sayin they’re waiting for him to come to camp? did they see his film?
And what about the kids who cant pay the 200-300 dollar price for these camps that the schools always begging them to come to?

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

FlexR

April 14th, 2011
8:23 pm

Josh has been looking for the Vols offer….
He has wanted to be a Vol just like Eric Berry!

And yes, Eric’s younger brothers are also ALL VOL.

Football_365

April 14th, 2011
8:28 pm

The title of this article is a slap in the face to josh in my opinion. This guy is a player and he should not have to share the headline with eric berry. Nothing against e.berry as a creekside alum im proud of his accomplishments but people shouldnt know josh as the guy who plays at eric’s old high school. Good luck to josh and continued success to eric! To hell with fsu creekside seminoles for life!!!

GT hulk

April 14th, 2011
8:30 pm

If Troy, UAB or Wofford offers then PJ might have a shot

Ca dawg

April 14th, 2011
8:46 pm

He has wanted to be a vol even though he grew up a Georgia fan? Yeah that makes a lot of sense…

Who cares (the original)

April 14th, 2011
8:54 pm

8th. You have to check the blog at all hours when Carvell is running it. Keep the posts coming.

Go Jackets!!

RomeDawg

April 14th, 2011
9:02 pm

Can’t be much of a DAWG fan to say he would choose Auburn if he had to pick today. What a slap in the face to a life-long dawg fan. That, in my opinion is half the problem with college sports today. Loyalty to a college is out the window and it comes down to which coach tells you the lies you most want to hear.

Michael Carvell

April 14th, 2011
9:15 pm

@RomeDawg, it would tough for Josh to pick UGA today … if he hasn’t been offered a football scholarship by UGA

Johnny Too Good

April 14th, 2011
9:27 pm

Loyalty of a life-long fan? what if a kid’s favorite school never makes an offer, then what are they supposed to do?

http://www.youtube.com/thatsjohnanderson

Dawgs Rx

April 14th, 2011
9:30 pm

RomeDawg you have to HAVE AN OFFER from a school to commit to a school. Geeez, you make us all look bad with that kind of logic.

ManUp...

April 14th, 2011
9:54 pm

Make your momma proud (and shock the world) and put on that Old Gold, sir. If you can handle the rigors you can compete with the…biggers…? Anyway, championship, leadership, battleship, blah blah blah….end of the day just choose Tech. Do it. Please (because we’re polite like that).

Go Jackets!

#toughtotypewithbeer(s)

ATL Sports Fan

April 14th, 2011
10:00 pm

UGA’s two top corner prospects are Geno Smith and Deion Bonner. This is one of the reasons he doesn’t have an offer from UGA. I expect him to receive an offer late summer.

Coach Jonas

April 14th, 2011
10:17 pm

Mr. RomeDawg, respectfully, you make no sense whatsoever. CJ

RRTDawgs

April 14th, 2011
10:29 pm

Also i was reading on 247 sports that UGA is in the mix for NJ CB Yuri Wright dawgs Deion Bonner seems more likely would not be bad pick up Geno Smith we have real good shot at but will be a fight with Bama who leads .

cantondawg

April 14th, 2011
10:52 pm

Michael,

Thanks for trying to slap some sense into Romedawg

bigtime

April 14th, 2011
11:07 pm

RRTDawgs…… Deion Bonner will be in Tuscaloosa Sat for the A-Day game. We’ll show him a real nice time, scouts honor. 8-)

Red

April 14th, 2011
11:09 pm

Well now that UT has offered, UGA will suddenly jump into the picture. Someone’s napping again in Athens.

RRTDawgs

April 14th, 2011
11:17 pm

Hey bigtime if Tide get Bonner which is doubtful it will hurt your chances with Smith who would you rather have Bonner or Smith dawgs will get one of them would not mind taking Geno Smith .

Bob Loblaw

April 14th, 2011
11:52 pm

Easy now trolls. It’s April 14, I knew my wife wanted to marry me, but I had to make sure I wanted to offer. Ha!

Michael Carvell

April 15th, 2011
12:01 am

I’ve linked to Josh’s video (below) and I see why his coach said “best since Eric Berry.” And I’m sure after clocking the 4.31 at VTO camp last weekend, his scholarship offers will double by summer if not triple. Definitely one of the best videos I’ve seen of 2012 Ga prospect.

THEY Must be LOCO as Hell

April 15th, 2011
12:05 am

Deion Bonner ova Josh Hosley…. now I see why UGA is falling off, they don’t know how to recruit. Stop going by the recruiting services do your on leg work.

Red Dog 77

April 15th, 2011
12:42 am

First, give ‘ol RomeDawg a break people, so he missed one…….bet you have too. He’s a good ‘ol BULLDOG and I support him………..Now for a little reality check, we have a butt load of prospects out there just waiting to see what the DOGS do on the football field this year……Looks to me if we can get past a couple tough games early on we could have a pretty dern good year. Even if we stumble a little we still could win nine or ten games easily…….when you are on the way up……you are very attractive to high school prospects………Regards to all…….especially RomeDawg, RED

Columbus

April 15th, 2011
1:24 am

Auburn has paid him already you can tell…dont go to Auburn man they are going to be on so much probation you will never see a bowl game or play for a championship. Also I go over there all the time for work and it sucks after you are there for more than 2 weeks…..Also when UGA makes an offer, they want to know that it is a good fit for you both and also it would be foolish to offer if they haven’t seen you workout in person wouldn’t it? UGA is going places and they want you at htis point so make your dream come true by working hard and having a great workout and becoming a freshman at UGA for a team that is about to go to the SEC Championship. Auburn will not even be on TV and will play for “pride”. Good things come to those that wait and there is something great coming your way from UGA. And by the way UGA is not offering before seeing a workout and they do not go by recruiting services no matter if they agree or not, they would have offered already but they need the firsthand workout, to the moron above…BTW do you have any OL at Creekside that can start as freshmen? This OL debacle has been going on for too long. Too many injuries the last 5 years. We need the best JUCO OL’s available next year for depth….Go Dawgs and to all the haters……you probably think Chipper Jones should have retired 3 years ago….morons…

ValDawg85

April 15th, 2011
1:56 am

Hosley will more than likely get an offer this summer. Right now all eyes are on Geno Smith, Deion Bonner and Yuri Wright. Wright is real interested in getting down to Athens and has serious interest in UGA, as do the other two previously mentioned. If Richt believes he has a serious chance at landing all three of those prospects he may not offer Hosley but that is not likely.

VirginiaDawg

April 15th, 2011
1:58 am

@RRTDawg: You hit the nail on the head there. Bama may be ahead right know, but it is by a hair. This will be a UGA/Bama battle similar to Crowell last year. Hopefully with the same result!

7576DAWG

April 15th, 2011
3:31 am

Auburn has had at least four separate NCAA investigations in the past year. They may not be able to catch them red handed on any major violations but that doesn’t mean they aren’t doing a lot of shady stuff . They have been doing things so long now they are experts at not getting caught. I don’t think the NCAA would keep going back wasting their time if they didn’t think it was warranted.
Eventually the way they do business will catch up with them and I hope they get the book thrown at them. They are an embarrassment to the SEC.
I know of a very rich family that was able to get their son who was guilty of murder off on a technicality because they could afford one of the best defense attorneys in Georgia . The defense was genius and the strategy worked . An average attorney would have never been able to come up with it and someone poor or middle class who couldn’t afford such a brilliant attorney would have gotten 30 years.
I think of that every time Auburn does something else that everybody knows ” SOMETHING JUST NOT RIGHT” and I think: they got away with it again and just shake my head.

OVER 21

April 15th, 2011
5:28 am

Congratulations to the AJC on the recent recruiting blogs by Carvell. I really enjoy the up-to-date and informative information that he is providing.

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 15th, 2011
6:30 am

Let’s see now. The guy can officially sign until Feb. 2012, and he has to be in a big rush. If he is as good as advertised and really wants to play at UGA, I think he needs to just set his goal at that, go to the camp and prove to them, that is where he wants to be. Saying Auburn is his favorite, or He is happy Tenn. offered him or Tech. promised this or that sounds like a lot of posturing to me. If he likes Auburn so much and they have already offered, go for it then. Obviously he is either playing the game, or hoping that Georgia will offer him if he is really that good.

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 15th, 2011
6:37 am

Correction. This guy can’t officially sign until Feb. 2012.

True Blue

April 15th, 2011
8:16 am

If his coach says he is the best since Eric Berry and Eric was a 1st round draft choice for the Kansas City Chiefs and a pro bowl player. That should be enough to offer him, but UGA is always playing the waiting game. The kid has been starting since his freshman year and has 19 interception for his career at CREEKSIDE with 9 last year. He ran a 4.31 in the 40 at GEORGIA VTO last week. UGA fans quit making excuses for recruiting process Georgia uses , because as long as they keep doing what they are doing they still want win a SEC CHAMPIONSHIP or A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. You can’t count on SCOUT.COM or RIVAL to do your recruiting for you saying this kid is a 4 or 5 star. You have to get out their yourself in the METRO AREA and recruit in your own backyard. I know you can’t offer everybody but some you better offer before it be to late.

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 15th, 2011
8:28 am

True Blue,

UHGA has already offered to six linebackers, six safeties and three cornerbacks. They must feel pretty confident of a few of them, or maybe they would have offered this young man by now. UGA has said they will only offer 18 scholarships this year so they need to be careful. They do not want to offer more than they can give. They will leave the over signing to some other schools. This is not an excuse; these are just the cold hard facts. Not every star from Georgia can play for UGA or Tech.

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 15th, 2011
8:28 am

Make that UGA has already. Dang, gotta lay off this caffeine in the morning, LOL.

Viking87

April 15th, 2011
8:32 am

With his size and that speed, sure UGA can find a spot for him somewhere. Like his comment a lot better than the Stephenson player who committed to Florida because UGA offered him 2 weeks later so he didn’t think UGA was that interested.

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 15th, 2011
8:47 am

I can’t see why these kids are so interested in signing so early for the most part anyway. If a school really wants you and needs you, they will hold a place open for you. UGA did with a few of thier signess last year and it worked out OK. If you are really as good as advertised, you can be assured of a place most times where you want to go. If the kids eyes light up as he think about the next level beyond college, he might have a problem anyway. Not saying this kid is doing that but seems to me, he sure is trying see if he can force a school to sign him before they are sure of him. If he likes Auburn so much, by all means sign with them. If he has been waiting for the offer from Tenn. so bad, sign with them. If he actually wants to play for UGA, then go to the camp, prove you have what it takes and see how it goes from there. A lot of high school atheletes don’t pan out at the college level, no matter how they rate on a high school rating board, and if you have a limited number of scholarships to offer, you have to be sure of what you will get. Anybody that say’s UGA doesn’t recruit Georgia or any place that well, is ignoring the fact of last years class being very good.

Dawg Consultant

April 15th, 2011
9:02 am

I respect UGA’s philosphy of not offering unless we are absolutely certain we can honor that offer. But this is the perfect example of where we are missing the boat and playing catch up.

1eyedJack

April 15th, 2011
9:03 am

“I like the campus and just have good vibes about the place.”

Next time you visit Awbun son wear your tinfoil hat.

True Blue

April 15th, 2011
9:14 am

It Ain’t A Rocket Science, UGA can only sign 18 scholarship this year, because they have offered over 50 kids this year scholarship. Look on their website an you will see the players they are interesting in and the players they have offered.

Brew

April 15th, 2011
9:14 am

Auburn cheats. Don’t waste your time going there. Trooper and Curtis are dirty.

Ozell White

April 15th, 2011
9:19 am

Sounds like a QUALITY kid. Here is a piece of advice for the young man. I know that FOOTBALL is the priority here. Make EDUCATION your second preference. It should be first, but lets be realistic. Sign on with a school, not with a coach. Coaches will move on, the buildings will always be there. Much Success with you choice. BE SAFE!

Mike

April 15th, 2011
9:21 am

To the Georgia coaches did you hear the kid stated Georgia is his favorite school: keep up the great recruitment that you did for the 2011 class. His skills are heads up over most.

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 15th, 2011
9:30 am

Dawg Consultant,

Not always sure about the scouts, rival or espn star rating system but all five now of the CB’s that UGA has offered to are rated higher than this young fellow at least at this point. Maybe they are put off by his talking about Auburn being his top choice right now and how he wanted that offer from Tenn. I do not think UGA is playing catch up, but more to the point being realistic. Like I said, if he really wants to go to UGA, go to the camp and let them evaluate him and if he is all he is advertised to be by his high school coach and others, I am sure they will offer him. He sure has the speed so they may offer him. Based on the way he is talking, it is kind of hard for UGA to think that if they want him, he will want to go there when all is said and done. He doesn’t sound all that commited to UGA right now, if they were to offer him. The list I have of the UGA offers is 8 days old now, so who knows for sure, how many things have changed in the last week.

RRTDawgs

April 15th, 2011
9:35 am

UGA could be close to offering JaQuay Williams that would be good news it sounds like what they saw also hearing could be some commits this weekend at the G day game .

terry

April 15th, 2011
9:36 am

Let’s see, Tennessee, Va Tech, Auburn, Georgia Tech & LSU.
Easy choice there if you ask me.

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 15th, 2011
9:37 am

True Blue,

Every college will offer a lot more kids than they have a slots for but that is because they know they realistically don’t have a chance with a lot of them. But to UGA’s credit, they do let the kid know when they are no longer interested, once they have the commitments filled at the position the kid was interested in. Sure would be great if they could recruit and sign all 50 or so they want but that isn’t possible. I surely believe though that they are doing as good a job as any on recruiting for next year. Just kind of wish we could play a few games this year before we have to already start worrying about the next recruiting class. Oh well, in a perfect world I guess, LOL.

Norm

April 15th, 2011
9:40 am

This cat can ball! I don’t know what the hold up is but UGA should be putting out an offer. He has a nose for the ball and is a natural playmaker…something UGA has been lacking in their secondary.

True Blue

April 15th, 2011
9:46 am

I don’t know what UGA is waiting on, but from looking at his highlite tape on youtube. The young man has real soft hands. He look more like a safety because he can cover so much field. The kid will play in the SEC some where, because his stocks will go up before the season starts.

Listen up

April 15th, 2011
9:55 am

It’s hard to believe he runs a legit 4.3 forty. He seems to be a good athelete and have nice hands edpecially for a DB. I read on the VTO website that he was closer to being 5′9 rather than 5′11. Georgia has offered a lot of recruits and a lot of them have not comitted. They offered Geno a good while back but he says Alabama is his favorite.Richt may have to offer a lot of good players in the state and say first come first serve with the exception of a few real outstanding players . You can always make room for that top player that you want the most

bascogcjs

April 15th, 2011
9:56 am

I hate the fact that coaches seem to base offers more from camp performance
than actual games.

trupert

April 15th, 2011
10:14 am

He looks like a great athlete but if he has ”good vibes about Auburn”, with the NCAA breathing down their necks then he might not be the total package or maby he’s just been offered the Newton package. $180.000 would be tempting.

Ga fans need to be patient and realise that every coach is telling these kids that Mark Richt won’t be at Ga next year and they will wait to see. Ga will have a good year and Richts job will be secured and the recruits will roll in again.