[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.
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.
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