Surprise! Georgia DB won’t have to audition for scholarship offer at UGA summer camp

Josh Holsey finally got the news he was waiting to hear from UGA (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Josh Holsey was "in shock" after UGA offer (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

[UPDATE: UGA offered Henry County DE Dalvin Tomlinson (6-3, 270) on Friday afternoon. Tomlinson was offered earlier in the day by Florida and ... Harvard]

As it turned out, one of the state’s top defensive backs won’t have to wait until UGA’s summer camp to try to earn a football scholarship offer from the Bulldogs.

UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner traveled to Creekside High School on Wednesday to extend an offer to Josh Holsey, one of the state’s hottest college football prospects with 24 early offers.

“I was just in shock; I didn’t really think Georgia was going to offer me,” Holsey told the AJC. “It feels great.”

During his spring break last month, Holsey made unofficial visits to several schools, including UGA. He held around 10 offers when he arrived at Georgia, and had high hopes on adding another with the Bulldogs, his childhood favorite.

There was even speculation that Holsey would commit on the spot, if offered by UGA.

However, Holsey didn’t get to meet UGA coach Mark Richt (”he was busy talking to some other prospects but it was OK, I understood”). He did get to spend a lot of time with Georgia’s defensive staff, who Holsey said told him they weren’t ready to offer. “They told me to come to camp so we can see you work out and then we’ll let you know about an offer — that’s why I was surprised about [Thursday].”

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder admitted he was disappointed, and said he was undecided at the time whether or not he would return for UGA’s summer camp. It was nothing against the Bulldogs; he wants to spend the summer touring schools that have already offered scholarships.

UGA finally became one of those schools on Thursday.

How does Holsey feel about UGA now? “I like them but I’m just going to visit some schools and see which one is the best for me.”

Did it hurt UGA’s chances by waiting longer than other schools to offer? “No. I’m not even really thinking about recruiting right now. I’m focused on spring football with my high school. I’ll think about recruiting after that.”

However, Holsey was kind enough to reveal his leaders. “Right now, I’d say Auburn, LSU and Virginia Tech.”

UGA may be targeting Holsey as No. 1 in-state target at cornerback after seeing its chances diminishing with St. Pius’ Geno Smith — who lists Auburn as his leader, with Alabama, Florida State and Tennessee rounding out Smith’s leaderboard. (Last month, Holsey gave a very revealing answer about which college he would pick if he had to “sign that day” … go here to read full article)

Smith seems to be the consensus choice at the state’s top DB prospect but is being challenged by the hard-charging Holsey.

Creekside's state championship 400-meter relay team has three members that have been offered by Tennessee -- DB Josh Holsey (second from right), Virginia Tech commit Davion Tookes (far right) and someone who looks a lot like his older brother who plays in the NFL (third from right) -- AJC photo by Michael Carvell

Creekside's state championship 400-meter relay team has three members that have been offered by Tennessee -- DB Josh Holsey (second from right), Virginia Tech commit Davion Tookes (far right) and someone who looks a lot like his older brother who plays in the NFL (third from right) -- AJC photo by Michael Carvell

Holsey turned into an overnight sensation — and national prospect — after being clocked at 4.31 in the 40-yard dash at the Rivals/VTO Georgia Elite Camp last month. If that wasn’t enough for the scouts, Holsey showed off his blazing speed as part of Creekside’s state championship 400-meter relay team.

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

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.


  • Buford linebacker Dillon Lee, the younger brother of UGA offensive lineman Dallas Lee, will announce his college decision at 6:15 p.m. Monday at his high school. Lee will join his brother with the Bulldogs, or commit to one of his other three finalists of Alabama, FSU and USC.
  • NO, we’re not talking about Kevin Ware … BUT one of Georgia’s top unsigned 2011 basketball prospects committed on Thursday night: South Atlanta High School 6-foot-7 small forward Dominique McKoy committed to Rhode Island over Tulane, New Mexico, Providence, LaSalle, and Murray State, among others. “When I took my visit to Rhode Island, I felt really comfortable there,” McKoy told the AJC. “I have a good relationship with all the coaches, and my family and I felt like this was the best place for me. I love their style of play.” McKoy averaged 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists this past season at South Atlanta, playing alongside Alabama recruit Nick Jacobs.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog


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96 comments Add your comment


May 13th, 2011
10:22 am

First year in a long time I don’t have a feel for the upcoming season. We could go 6-6 or 10-2.


May 13th, 2011
10:31 am

@we did miss on one kid – Are you kidding me, Reggie Ball was one of th best players UGA had during his college career.


May 13th, 2011
10:35 am

Nesbitt considered Georgia at one time. great Athlete, but couldn’t pass a lick. What position would he have played in Athens?


May 13th, 2011
10:37 am

113 Days till kick off with Boise……….Be here before you know it

UGA Insider

May 13th, 2011
10:39 am

Dawg Rx and tide roll hit the nail right on the head. This staff at the moment and lazy and behind the curve with so many kids. Auburn, Bama and UF are cleaning up. Chris Peterson was one of the finalists for the UF job before Urban and McGarity really likes him. I have heard that Peterson and McGarity will have an informal meeting at the Chick-Filet game. At some point in the next few years Chris Peterson will be the next coach at UGA.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

May 13th, 2011
10:44 am

Its Simple

You said “Say what you want about Richt, but he has proven he knows how to recruit”

Yea Richt knows how to recruit but sure cannot develop that talent into dominance

He reminds me of a person getting a BMW and letting it sit there because he doesnt know how to crank it up.

So the tires go flat until the NFL comes by and recruits our players out of the garage and cranks them up


May 13th, 2011
10:45 am

D. Ball’s parents are Dawgs but the rest of the family are all Bama. The kid made a choice and chose Bama. Sucks for UGA but I can deal with it. Hard to argue with defensive guys wanting to play for Saban and Smart. Like Jay Z would say…’on to da next one!’


May 13th, 2011
10:50 am

Insider…………..I have mixed emotions about this year. Like all, I like Mark, But I love the University. IMO, Mark has let our program slip from talk about winning the SEC to can we beat Carolina. I think the man can still coach, but he has made some very serious mistakes in Assit. Coaching selections and lackluster results. Recruiting. I know ALL teams miss on players, but we seem to have more than our share. I’ll never understand why Bryan Evans #3,DB, stayed on the field for two years. Mark and staff produced ( yet to be seen) with this last class, but he’s under the gun. This roster needed talent. I have gotten to the point emotionally that if he turns it around and wins 9-10-11 games and makes us proud, great. If he can’t get the job done, and we bring in a new coach and staff, I’m ready for that also.


May 13th, 2011
11:00 am

They need to be concentrating on the Big Uglies.


May 13th, 2011
11:01 am

Yes, Saban has already offered the top 10 in Ga. When you oversign 8-10 players every year you can afford to throw early offers out like candy but it’s buyer beware because he will need to cull an average of 6-8 every year. He talks the other two healthy but underperformong players into a medical hardship scholarship but look at the bright side, it’s better than getting kicked to the curb, right.

Richt will do well in recruiting just like he always does. This time last year all the Alabama trolls on here were saying that Drew and Crowell were Alabama locks, how did that work out. The good ones that have parents with class know the difference. Go Dawgs!!!


May 13th, 2011
11:10 am

Tide Roll…there you go agian spewing your BS about offensive linemen. Please go away….move…go to another site.We don’t care about what you have to say….we know you have a fetish about offensive linemen….we don’t care…..I’ll bet your wife,(if your married)looks like an offensive lineman, doesn’t she? Why don’t you email her and tell her about Georgias offensive line. We’re tired of reading your constant rants about it…..Please just go away!


May 13th, 2011
11:10 am

Guys all we can do let the season play out if we have a good season the recruits will come if there is a another dismal season then Richt wont be back allot these recruits are playing the waiting game that all can tell you we need get off to good start this fall .


May 13th, 2011
11:18 am

There is good news Nick Marshall will play QB i know a lot fans were screaming to play him at QB maybe they saw what Cam Newton did and turn Marshall into the next Cam .


May 13th, 2011
11:32 am

I think Marshall will be used in a wild cat or wild dawg formation i hope they do this need have some new creative offensive schemes .


May 13th, 2011
11:36 am

Enter your comments here

bitter uga fan

May 13th, 2011
11:43 am

same “ole” crying just loke last year recruiting cycle———just like bobby bowden, richt finished strong————————–stop CRYING trolls

——————go dawgs———————bamma “tree killers” sux

bitter uga fan

May 13th, 2011
11:51 am

5 out of top 6 from AJC top 50———-eat that tollit paper roll tide——–punk as—-

—————–richt rules this state in recruiting——–hahahahahahhaahahhah

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May 13th, 2011
12:38 pm

Who will argue that recruiting 16 or 17 year old kids is a not a crap shoot? How many of you have the ability to look at a 17 year old kid and project what he will be at 19 or 20? These kids are near the end of the most tumultuous time of their life, puberty. They change daily, physically and, depending on which way the wind blows, mentally.

Let me put it this way. Raise your hand if you remember meeting a Mr. High School athlete, All-American boy former classmate a couple of years after graduation and say to yourself what the hell happened to that guy?

Now if you’re going to recruit and sign 30 kids each year, who cares, let then sort themselves out, but if you’re a man of your word and truly care the it’s practical to be thorough and reserved in your approach.


May 13th, 2011
12:47 pm

CMR don’t pay any attention to these Jacket fans in Dawg gear. You are either a Dawg fan or you are not. I am a Dawg fan–I don.t agree with everything that is done but I also don.t throw rocks at the messenger.

Got your back


May 13th, 2011
1:03 pm

Lee is FSU bound I’m afraid….


May 13th, 2011
1:42 pm

1 eyed is dead on!! CMR is a man of his word unlike satan & steve supperior……

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 13th, 2011
3:36 pm


CMR says he doesn’t even read these blogs. So most of the negative posters on here just try to irritate the true UGA fans. What is funny is that they leave themselves open so many times and then they resort to childish comments. One is left to conclude that they are very poorly educated, immature or a mixture of both. Mr. Rogers would have been proud of them.
I would have said, Miss Nancy from Romper room, but most of the posters on here, weren’t around when she was. Takes an old man like me to remember that. LOL.


May 13th, 2011
3:49 pm

I’ve never seen such stupid comments in all my life from people who know absolutely nothing about recruiting. People saying that CMR is lazy because he hasn’t offered all of these players yet or he is losing players to other schools.

Evidently, you idiots don’t realize that we will have a very small class to sign this year (around 15 or 16) and must be very selective in who we offer and take. If a player doesn’t have an offer yet, it doesn’t mean that UGA doesn’t like him. It only means that there is someone that they feel good about coming to UGA that they think is better.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 13th, 2011
4:46 pm

Kind of amazing Cantondawg, how a lot of the negative posters on here, think they know all about recruiting and yet they will believe any pick from any news service and take it as the good lords truth. Now if they have indeed seen every UGA recruit and all of these so called 5 stars from each of the high schools in person, then they can reasonably state their opinion. Until then, trying to say CMR is not a good recruiter in one blog and in the next one, those same people say he recruits top talent but doesn’t coach it up, makes them seem like hypocrites. Hate and stupidity knows no bounds. So, was Ealey a good legimate 5 star or did CMR just fail with him. If he was a good 5 star, CMR failed to coach him up by the standards most of these negative bloggers have, or he was a dud as some of these same bloggers have said, and CMR can’t recruit well and doesn’t know what he is doing.


May 13th, 2011
5:08 pm


May 13th, 2011
5:35 pm

I agree with that cantondawg and Rocket Science it will be a small class i just think a lot UGA fans are just frustrated and impatient that we have not got any big commits in while and schools like Florida, Bama and Auburn are having huge classes i did here couple people say Dillon Lee could choose the dawgs on Monday .

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6:11 pm

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May 13th, 2011
7:20 pm

I’ve seen several references to “Scholarship Offers from Harvard.” – I’ve always believed that as an Ivy League school, Harvard did not offer athletic scholarships. Turns out I’m right “All of Harvard’s financial aid is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need – there are no academic, athletic or merit-based awards. Harvard meets the full need of every student, including international students, for all four years.” ~

hind tit

May 13th, 2011
9:39 pm

When CMR makes an offer it’s an offer unless the kid goes off the deep end while some coaches offer everybody that puts on a football uniform. An offer is just that an offer but a mans word is his bond. Just ask the kid that South Carolina offered and when it come time to put up or shut up he was left sitting at his school desk with teams he didn’t want to play for to chose from. Just because coach didn’t offer out of the blue doesn’t mean he does not want you. Ealey was just cut loose because his head was some place besides the football field. If you want discipline you need to make the right offer.

albert hollis III

May 13th, 2011
9:43 pm

Calm down everyone. As to Dillon Lee, LB coach Warren Beilan did not have him in his top 3 or 4 prospects. When Beilan left and Oliveadotti came in he was busy with spring football. Lee is good but will not be great loss.

As to UGA Insider, it will not be Peterson if the job is open. Look for either Dan Mullens or Charley Strong (both have ties to McGarity).


May 13th, 2011
10:23 pm

UGA hasn’t “lost” anyone yet. NSD is still like 9 months away! As we have seen time and time again kids can change their minds based on what happens during a season or based on nothing really. UGA may come up with a really cool hat this year and bring in all the recruits. Chill out Dawg fans and go pound sand haters!

Ally @ GA U

May 13th, 2011
10:40 pm

A day late on $1 short.

Too bad the dufus vowels have him in the fold
as of 2 months ago.

Richt missed the bus again!

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May 14th, 2011
8:52 am

Gen Neyland…don’t know how you Hillbilly’s pay taxes, but on our property tax bills, school talx is the biggie…so put that in your corn cob pipe and somke it…

Saban gives scholly’s to everyone, Chizik has the criminole team this year…it all looks very good to be a Dawg!

Destin Dawg

May 14th, 2011
9:04 am

Parade magazine says ” UGA #3 large State University education.. plus Big time sports ” in beautiful college town .. Athens, Ga…. kids that stay in State.. close to support groups… friends and family… do better in school and life after Foot Ball… Go Dawgs !!!!

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 14th, 2011
10:18 am

Does anybody know where you can see some video of this kid in action?


May 14th, 2011
10:20 am

Think is becoming a reoccurring theme this Spring – UGA LATE too pull the trigger on offers, which is pissing these guys off and quite frankly I don’t blame them. If I’ve said it once in the last 3 years I’ve said it 100 times – it’s well past the time to replace Rodney Garner as our recruiting coordinator. My idea is to hire a full-time team of recruiting coordinators (4 man team) responsible for marketing the football program, player analysis, parental communication, HS coaches relationship management, visit scheduling and other duties. Our entire recruiting model needs to be overhauled, starting with a dedicated team (UGA has the budget to support such a program) and ending with recruiting the best players in the Southeast.

View from the Bench

May 14th, 2011
12:10 pm

CMR probably waited to determine if Josh Holsey had passblocking potential before extending the offer! What are the chances that Trent Richardson, Marcus Lattimore, Knile Davis, Vick Ballard, or Jeff Demps will spend time on the bench this season because the coach thinks they might have missed a block on a passing play?

An Inconvenient Truth

May 15th, 2011
11:56 am

You are always bragging about how high your admission standards are to compensate for your poor football performance.

No, Georgia Tech can’t compete with UGA’s brain-dead thugs and morons, but Tech players don’t end up pushing shopping carts or riding the back of garbage trucks like UGA players do after Mark Richt dumps them when their eligibility is up.

That’s just one of those inconvenient truths for dawgturds.

There’s a reason why UGA is known worldwide as The Cesspool of the South.


May 15th, 2011
12:52 pm

I read some of these comments and see people getting a little too worked up, too early. It’s only May, long ways to go before these recruits put pen to paper. Most of you that have been following UGA’s recruiting for a few years know that CMR is deliberate with his schollarship offers. The late offer on the CB was probably due to numbers…(CMR took three last year, maybe he’s only thinking one this year). Misses happen way more than “gets”. I suggest to everyone bored enough to take shots at each other, to instead read the book Meat Market, and learn some cool stuff about recruiting the SEC. Another thought-look up video of recruits on and develop your “eyes”. Go Dawgs.


May 15th, 2011
7:03 pm

I would want to look into a players grades first. UGA can be a very difficult school for those ill equipped to take college level courses. Go back and and review the “rankings” of some of the stars recruited in the last ten years. You will find that many never lived up to the hype. Washaun Ealey, to me, is a good example of a very good high school player, but was in over his head in the sec. 4.62 in the forty for a tailback is too slow for the sec. Maybe at Valdosta State he will be at the level where he will shine.

Crimson Crush

May 17th, 2011
6:22 am

I think Richt and krew are doing a fine job at recruiting . Keep up the good work ;-)

[...] and That: Alabama made a football offer on Tuesday to Creekside DB Josh Holsey, who was shocked with an UGA offer recently … Georgia State made an offer to North Oconee OL Joseph Scelfo, the son of the Atlanta [...]

[...] Creekside DB Josh Holsey said he will pick between Auburn, UGA, LSU and Virginia Tech at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Holsey is considered one of the state’s top 2012 college football prospects at cornerback. He has been publicly favoring Auburn, and his teammate (DB Davion Tookes) is committed to Virginia Tech. Holsey has said that his childhood favorite was UGA, and there was speculation that he would’ve committed to the Bulldogs if they had offered during an April unofficial visit. The Bulldogs didn’t offer at the time, with Holsey saying he was told to come back to UGA’s summer camp to audition for an offer. UGA has changed its stance over the last 10 days, both offering a scholarship (Holsey’s last in a stack of 24 early offers) and attending Creekside’s spring practices. Go here for more background on Holsey and UGA [...]

[...] has been publicly bearing Auburn, a reigning BCS champion. Holsey was asked on Sunday night if Auburn was still his personality or were all 4 schools [...]