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

Dawg Rx

May 13th, 2011
5:15 am

Wth is going on in Athens???? Georgia watched Dillon Lee get 20 scholarships before finally offering. Now they needed to see Holsey get 24 before making a move. HELLO? This is ridiculous with instate kids. I’m really beginning to think CMR and staff are “mailing it in” on recruiting until they see how those first two games go …. smh

college is forever

May 13th, 2011
5:45 am I agree with Dawg Rx, I know they have a good class coming in and he has been talking about Dream Team 2. But it sure seems like he is playing catch up at the moment. Come On Dawgs!!


May 13th, 2011
5:50 am

CMR has always had a rule that Georgia kids have to get to 20 scholarship offers before they invite a player to camp to TRY OUT for one


May 13th, 2011
5:56 am

Kids today talk so much about “respect”. Although they say it doesn’t matter, it does. When UGA waits so long to offer these kids, they feel disrespected. And, they hear it from their friends. Then, it makes them look weak to consdier the school that dusrespected them. Is it stupid? Sure it is. But, it’s the culture that is in the schools today. Not all kids think like this, but, if they don’t, they’re hearing it from their friends. UGA can offer these kids earlier in order to compete.


May 13th, 2011
6:30 am

Its all about evaluating talent and trusting your instincts. Either you have it or you dont. If you need a kid to get 20 scholly offers before you offee then so be it..I bet Saban doesnt give a damn if his targets have other offers or not. I know Chizik doesnt care

tell me again

May 13th, 2011
6:36 am

Oh boy – the recruiting “experts” are on the blog telling Richt how to recruit when he just hauled in one of the best classes in the country against all of the odds – you guys, just sit down and shut up.

Jerry Blooger

May 13th, 2011
7:16 am

I believe trolls are worse than rapist and murderers

Johnny Too Good

May 13th, 2011
7:20 am

It takes a lengthy amount of time to watch film and do research on a player, and as the article says, most coaches want to personally work a player out at their camps to see if they really want someone……… add that to the workload the coaching staff already has with duties of coaching current players and planning for the upcoming season. Recruiting is secondary. Early offers dont mean much……… depending on who u talk to.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 13th, 2011
7:36 am

I believe that UGA thought they had a real good chance with the other kid, who is now, not looking as such a sure thing. You only have so many offers you can make and sign and UGA, like any other school, has to try and fill different positions and at least they are honest about it. If this kid wants to come to UGA, he will sign on the dotted line. If not, UGA will get a player of his caliber to sign for them.
It is not a matter of UGA waiting too long on the instate kids or any kid for that matter. It is a matter of priority and when you have a good feeling about a kid committing and then he changes his mind, you move on. If a kid truly wants to go to UGA, he will wait and see if the offer comes and then he will. If not, then he lets his ego get in the way, and I think from the Ealey incident, we can see how far tour ego gets you.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 13th, 2011
7:37 am

correction on 7:36 post.

Bring Back Wally Butts

May 13th, 2011
7:39 am

Two philosophies of recruiting. One, offer everyone and then concentrate on your needs later. Hand them out like candy. A lot of the big programs do that, from surrounding SEC teams to Notre Dame and USC (west), among others. Or two, determine your needs, develop a list of athletes to fill them and make targeted offers by position. All teams then put pressure on the prospective athlete to commit on a first come, first served basis based on their needs for the next season(s).

Georgia seems to fall into the second camp. However, based on the success of the last recruiting effort, how can you say either method is better? Numbers say that Georgia cannot offer everyone so some are eventually going to go to other schools. And, there are a lot of kids that don’t want to go to UGA, which also figures in.

I think that recruiting is both an art and a science. Not all of the prospects turn out the way you think that they will and you never know if a kid will work hard or feel entitled, no matter the talent level in high school (see Washaun Ealey – and no, I don’t want to start a bash WE blog).


May 13th, 2011
7:43 am

While we were celebrating the Dream Team, Bama, Auburn, Tenn and UF were locking in our 2012 recruits. We need to get on the ball.


May 13th, 2011
7:53 am

There’s no doubt that the Dawgs are slow to get in early on alot of instate talent. We have already lost Ukeme Elique, Dakaota Ball, and Kenyan Drake, and we most likely will lose Dillon Lee. All of these are blue chip prospects from Georgia that committed to out of state teams. Yes we had a great year recruiting in state last year, but we lost a lot of blue chip guys that we should have added to the dream team. IMO instate recruiting MUST be our first and foremost priority and clearly it’s not!!! Ball and Lee have stated that Bama has been all over them from their 10th grade. Time to refocus our efforts at home!!!

Bring Back Wally Butts

May 13th, 2011
7:54 am

Sogadog – I am not sure that those guys were on UGA’s list, are you? We can’t take everyone.

Dr. Phil

May 13th, 2011
8:02 am

Richt was busy planning the Crowell action drama and NCAA violation, but he was quick enough to offer a scholarship to Crowell’s high school pal. We should see how many of Richt’s “Dream Team” qualify for admission before we talk about “Dream Team 2.”


May 13th, 2011
8:12 am

So Richt wouldn’t meet the kid because he was “busy talking to other prospects”?

Doesn’t sound like Richt.

Next couple of week will probably tell us a lot about what the season has in store. If all those crazy rumors about grades issues (Jenkins, Crowell, Harmon, King) turn out to be true, we’d better hope and pray we have no injuries the rest of the year.

For Coach Richt’s sake.


May 13th, 2011
8:13 am

If Georgia wants to keep Garner as recruiting coordinator I have no problem with that but a more energetic recruiting co-coordinator needs to be named. Garner is very slow in noticing high school talent. A great recruiting coordinator has to stay on the road year round and visit a lot of schools. I think Garner relies too much on his computer and the internet. There are a lot of very good prospect that don’t know Georgia’s interest or intentions until months or even years after other schools. They become very good friends with other schools and by the time Georgia shows an interest it is too late.
Surely McGarity see’s that our ways of recruiting is alienating some very good high school players. I hope that with the defense going to a 3-4 and Grantham turning head in practice with the defense that Dillion Lee will pick Georgia but I’m afraid that Florida State will be named Monday.

Locker thieves

May 13th, 2011
8:15 am

CMR and company wants kids with zero parenting and character issues..

Locker thieves

May 13th, 2011
8:18 am

Dillon Lee says little too late and thumbs his nose at UGA. Cant blame him…..

Lester Miles

May 13th, 2011
8:19 am

Nine more months until signing day. You can make a baby in that amount of time. The use of the word Disrespected is disrepectful. Any Ga born player that considers any school beside their state schools is being disrespectful to the Ga citizens that pay for the disloyal players education and training. Have a great day dissenters.


May 13th, 2011
8:20 am

When do you want them to offer, kindergarden?

2012 recruiting class is a future endeavor .............

May 13th, 2011
8:32 am

Face it gang, if you were a UGA coach, you would be doing all that you can to ensure your job will be there in 2011-12. THAT means winning the first two games. That means total focus on the here and now ……. not so much the future.

HS kids know this too. We are at a crossroads at UGA, whether we like it or not, with our current staff. It is the way that it is. It is up to them. THEY put themselves here ………… we did not. They have $$ and a high profile program and did I say $$? They have the world class facilities and they ran it into the ground with their 7-5 and 6-7 garbage.

Now, if UGA can roll into the Florida game AND WIN IT, then UGA will have a great
( probably ) year and then, the kids make their minds up. How many openings does UGA have? Let us say that it is 20. I suspect that we already have 8 or 9 kids that are 100% coming to UGA, then if we win 9 or 10 games and have a shot at the East title, the other 7,8, or 9 kids will commit after the bowl season.

It is what it is.

Goooooooooooooooooo Dawgs!!

UGA class of 71 & 73

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 13th, 2011
8:33 am

I wonder how many of you are actually or have ever been involved in major college recruiting. I know I sure as heck have not been, but UGA always seems to get the atheletes they need to put together a good team. Sometimes things don’t work out as well as they would like it to work out, but they do get what they need most of the time.
If a kid wants to go to UGA, he will prove it on the field and wait to get that offer. We are talking about kids who have not even started their senior year in high school yet. Based on the their junior year, they have gotten 20 offers or so. What if the kid just stops working on his academics, has a career ending injury, or a personal decision involving family has to be considered and he can’t play football at the next level yet, or maybe never. As I have said, if the kid wants to play for UGA, he will wait for the offer and if it doesn’t come, take one of the 20 or so other offers he has already received. I think UGA trie to do a thorough evaluation of their needs and how the player could fit into their program before they offer him. Nothing wrong with that. If anybody checks the letters UGA has already sent out, they will find quite a few players from Georgia that have been offered already. I would wager to say, they will send out more depending on how their recruitments have gone. Also, let’s remember that none of these 2012 kids has signed a letter yet, and as has been seen, time after time, a fair amount of them will vacilate from one team to the next and the next after that. Right now, most of these juniors are more concerned about the senior prom than they are about what team they will play for. They will have plenty of time between now and Feb. 2012, to get praised, begged and built up to super stardom before then.

We did miss on one kid .........

May 13th, 2011
8:35 am

UGA did miss on Reggie Ball and Reuben Houston. AAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA

Gen Neyland

May 13th, 2011
8:36 am

Lester Miles : That’s a bit like living under a rock. Did you feel the same about Stafford, Moreno and AJ Green, for example, when they landed in Athens from parts outside the boundries..? It’s not disrespectful for the kids to plunge off and follow their dreams. BTW, with the Federal dollars that are plucked from the taxpayer coast to coast which get pumped into any and all states public educational system, I say that helps shoot down your theory…

Wait till next year...

May 13th, 2011
8:42 am

Looks like a dream teamer to me…


May 13th, 2011
8:44 am

I like the way cmr and his staff handles recruiting anybody can piece together a 5min highlight tape and look like a stud. Get the guys in camp and watch them compete against other talented players and take it from there. one minute you complain about sabans recruiting tactics then the next minute you want cmr to what saban does.


May 13th, 2011
8:45 am

Dawgs are going down, King can`t read, Crowell can`t add, and Richt can`t coach.

Think I will win another national championship. Would anyone like to polish my new trophy?


May 13th, 2011
8:46 am

Is it true Choakdawg has an automatic Doughnut dispenser in his office?


May 13th, 2011
8:49 am

Denny…where the hell did you get that BULLSH-T that your posting…..There is no rule used by Georgia coaches on offering scholarships…I laugh at all the know-it -alls that post on this site everyday…what a joke you guys are..everyone’s got the inside track…yea right!


May 13th, 2011
8:52 am

Attention GA kids…Quit making the Alabama schools good. That is all

Voice of Reason

May 13th, 2011
8:58 am

@ Lester Miles. Really???????? Kids who go to public school in GA owe their allegiance to UGA?????? Are you drinking this morning??????? If thats the case all students who attended a public school in GA are entitled to a free education at UGA because the GA citizens pay for their educations as well. UGA or no other school for that matter is owed nothing. You want kids to come to your school aggresively recruit them like the other schools or miss out on him signing with you. This is a business and if UGA can bypass kids the kids can bypass UGA. I will continue to dissent

Whisky Breath

May 13th, 2011
9:02 am

Are you Ga people just now figuring how CMR works? He let’s the other schools go after the kids and if that start to mount he then comes in and offers a scholly. Basically he let’s other people do his work.
Pretty lazy for a 3 million dollar man isn’t he? Sign this man to a lifetime contract.

Destin Dawg

May 13th, 2011
9:03 am

Saban’s parents went to work…. so he’s back on the computer….. get a JOB !!!! Techie…


May 13th, 2011
9:05 am

“CMR and company wants kids with zero parenting and character issues..”
OH PLEASE!!! And how is that working out for you? You can’t judge a recruiting class on signing day, particularly a UGA class!
Judge a recruiting class 2-3 years later. Richt’s Dream Team Class will lose at least half to academics, arrests and character issues by then. He is all talk and no action when it comes to academics and character. I can’t believe any parent would want their son in his out of control no oversight program! All the talent in the world and no adult supervision is killing the UGA program!!

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 13th, 2011
9:06 am


Is it true you have a secretary just to write up elaborate excuses as to why you seem to have as much trouble beating Auburn as UGA has beating UF? I am just wondering if you, with all of your insider knowledge and mature posting can tell us why that is?


May 13th, 2011
9:07 am

Hey locker theives just the name you use to post with shows what kind of a prick you are…do really think anybody takes your post seriously?….10,000 comedians out of work and we get you on this web site…please go wash your trailor.


May 13th, 2011
9:09 am

It appears CMR and staff are playing catch up to some really good recruits who probably would have committed if given the chance. Now, we might lose some good player’s simply due to our guys sitting on their duffs, or not knowing talent when they see it.


May 13th, 2011
9:11 am

Doug….please cut back on the caffiene intake….you;ve had enough!


May 13th, 2011
9:15 am

Doug, You are a stupid idiot!!


May 13th, 2011
9:18 am

all these great players and we get cj curry whats up

Old Blind Dawg

May 13th, 2011
9:23 am

Take a deep breath – exhale slowly – now you can type your comments.


May 13th, 2011
9:26 am

CPJ would coach him up and make him a 1st round pick or punch him in the face.

Destin Dawg

May 13th, 2011
9:34 am

An offer from UGA means more than some others…. who gray shirt… over sign…. or yank scholarships… but we could use a more aggressive recruiting co ordinator !!! Go Dawgs !!!

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 13th, 2011
10:04 am

Get serious Stinger,

You are always bragging about how high your admission standards are to compensate for your poor football performance. Why would he chose to take calculus since he will most likely not ever use it in his life again. Not to mention a fact that Tech. would bury him farther down in an NFL’s recruiting watch, more than a junior college year would.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

May 13th, 2011
10:06 am

Come on people this staff has been doing this forever

They wait until the news that a player has recieved a bunch of offers from other schools until they decide to take a look at a kid.

It is simple

May 13th, 2011
10:08 am

Say what you want about Richt, but he has proven he knows how to recruit.

Simple: win the first two, go on and win 10 games or more, and the Dogs will clean up in recruiting.
Get off to a slow start, finish 7-5 or 8-4, and recruiting will be difficult.

tide roll

May 13th, 2011
10:13 am

Your biggest loss so far is Cedar Grove’s 6′6″ 300 lb.Under Armour All-American Offensive Tackle to Bama. Big Brandon Greene !! Follows the pattern of other in-state lineman to the Tide (James Carpenter and Chance Warmack). Thanks Richt. Thanks Bobo. Keep ‘em coming! Roll Tide!!

jag count

May 13th, 2011
10:14 am

I know the UGA fans remember when the kids from Stephenson committed to Florida earlier in the year. they told you then that they had no relationships established with the UGA coaches, maybe if UGA treated the rest of georgia like they did carver of columbus, they would get more georgia players.


May 13th, 2011
10:21 am

Richt has a philosophy he uses, which gets decent results, but I feel being cautious and late with some of the “elite” in the state hurts us. These elite kids have big ego’s, and certain coach’s stroke those. I don’t think Richt does. The next 6-7 months will be big ( good or bad) for Georgia football. Hold on