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.
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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