Creekside DB Josh Holsey will pick between UGA, Auburn, LSU and Virginia Tech (UPDATED)

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Josh Holsey, who is a candidate to be the Georgia’s No. 1 college football prospect at DB for 2012, will pick between his finalists of Auburn, UGA, LSU and Virginia Tech at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Holsey has been publicly favoring Auburn, the reigning BCS champion. Holsey was asked on Sunday night if Auburn was still his leader or were all four schools “even” with their chances?

“Um, they’re about even,” Holsey told the AJC.

UGA has made a late charge for speedy cornerback out of Creekside High School.

Quick recap: Holsey has said that UGA was his childhood favorite, and there was speculation that Holsey would’ve committed during an April visit. However, the Bulldogs didn’t offer at the time, with Holsey saying that was told to come back for UGA’s summer camp to audition for a scholarship. UGA changed its stance over the last 10 days, offering a scholarship (Holsey’s last in a stack of 24 offers) and attending Creekside’s spring scrimmage last Friday. Go here for more background on Holsey and UGA

Did it hurt UGA’s chances by offering later than many other schools? “Right now, I don’t really know. It’s OK. It didn’t really matter. So no, it’s all good, it didn’t hurt their chances.”

Holsey is attracted to Virginia Tech because of its reputation of developing DBs for the NFL. It also doesn’t hurt that his teammate, DB Davion Tookes, is also committed to Virginia Tech.

UGA was most recent offer for Josh Holsey (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

UGA was most recent offer for Josh Holsey (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Holsey has made unofficial visits to three of his four finalists, with LSU being the only exception.

What about Tennessee? Some were surprised that Tennessee wasn’t among Holsey’s finalists because of his close connection with Eric Berry, the former Volunteers All-America safety now playing in the NFL. Berry is a graduate of Creekside High, and works out at the school during the offseason. Holsey says Berry is “like an older brother.”

What about Tennessee? “I really didn’t look that much into Tennessee,” Holsey said. “Eric has never pushed Tennessee on me. He’s not like that. When we’re together, he’s all about helping you become the best you can be. As far as colleges, he has always said pick the school that is the best for you academically and athletically.”

At Creekside, Holsey has started in the defensive secondary since his freshman year and has 19 interceptions, including 9 last year. Holsey turned into an overnight recruiting 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.

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  • Woodward Academy DE Jordan Watkins (6-5, 265) announced his 16 finalists (in no order): UGA, Georgia Tech, Miami, Oklahoma, Stanford, Notre Dame, Florida State, Florida, Tennessee, Illinois, Oregon, LSU, Alabama, Nebraska, Michigan, and Virginia Tech. (Note: Watkins listed Michigan but does not have an offer from Michigan)

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145 comments Add your comment

1eyedJack

May 22nd, 2011
2:57 pm

1eyedJacks or better to open.

TampaDawg

May 22nd, 2011
3:00 pm

I hope UGA is not late to the party again. If they lose both of the top corners in the state and miss out on a couple other out of state prospects this could be a very down recruiting year.

freedyg

May 22nd, 2011
3:03 pm

With geno smith likely going to Alabama, we need to close the deal on this kid-

RRTDawgs

May 22nd, 2011
3:08 pm

It does not look good for the dawgs Auburn team to beat would not count out VT with his teammate up there the only thing that could help us if is a true Bulldog fan .

freedyg?

May 22nd, 2011
3:08 pm

at first, geno had uga in front. geno recently said bama led. geno then said auburn led. geno then says that auburn is not in his top 3 and added notre dame who he has never visited? ray drew is geno’s mentor and ray drew played many, many games with all the gullible fans who hung on the every word of a high school football player. if i was going to bet anything, geno goes to uga. otherwise, who in the world could know? our fans never learn.

RRTDawgs

May 22nd, 2011
3:17 pm

I hope your right freedyg Geno does seem to be all over the map there is always chance they could shock the world look at Malcolm Mitchell from last year he was a lock to go to Bama and chose UGA recruiting is crazy sometimes .

Ca dawg

May 22nd, 2011
3:33 pm

No idea about this kid. Keep fingers crossed. Hbtd!

Finally.

May 22nd, 2011
3:47 pm

freedyg you just showed me something that I RARELY see on AJC’s recruiting section… that’s somebody that knows WTF he’s talking about. good job.

dawgster

May 22nd, 2011
4:09 pm

@RRTDawgs…the dawgs are probably not going to get Holsey…late again and this seems to be the prevailing factor for alot of these kids…hard to believe that whether the dawgs are first or not is one of their complaints…First of all i say “BULLCRAP”…this is getting old…If they don’t want to be a dawg because of some hurt feelings, then take the “ME” attitude and go whereever..I don’t have a problem with that, but for these kids and everyone continuing to harp on whether they were slighted or not is nothing but childish…If you want to be a dawg and thats your favorite team, then sign with them and compete for playing time…but this nonsense of who did or did not offer first or the fact that a coaching staff would like to get kids into camp should not be frowned on….I will say, that it is somewhat concerning that UGA wanted the kid in camp, but came back later and offered…If thats your deal then either offer in the first place or stand behind your guns for someone coming to camp…You also get a feel when you have a kid in camp as to their attitude and what your chances are for landing them….Truly, I think he is Ayu bound…..go dawgs

dawgster

May 22nd, 2011
4:10 pm

that should read “Au bound, but what does it matter…go dawgs

aol.com

May 22nd, 2011
4:13 pm

Auburn will pick up a commitment tues . Saban has been the talk of football in Alabama in a bad way as he explains how he has over signed again and has to cut 9 players off the team. Tryout at bama continue, surprised the parents are not jumping all over this one. http://www.sportsbybrooks.com/saban-sausage-factory-facing-expiration-date-29698

BOOGIES THE MAN FROM HARTWELL GA

May 22nd, 2011
4:22 pm

Why would he consider any place but UGA ?????

GO DAWGS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GT Hulk

May 22nd, 2011
4:28 pm

If GT would get rid of PJ and cave-man Al Groh—we may get some of these super recruits!!!!

ValdostaDawg

May 22nd, 2011
4:33 pm

@dawgster- I agree that he is more than likely Barn bound. Another example of being late to show. I am disappointed were not going to get this kid cause he can really play. Bonner is the reason we didn’t jump on him earlier but now I think we will go after Jonathan Jones who I like as well. Thank the Lord we got Swann and company last class because the top two DBs are getting out of state. My gut just tells me Geno is going somewhere else. But we could still get Blanks from FL or Wright from NJ so all is not lost.

Paul N Destin

May 22nd, 2011
4:35 pm

Auburn will get more than commitments soon. Ignore any current player that is commited to the barn because they will never attend a school on probation. Keep wishing about Saban aol.com. You and your cheating school is about to get whacked and whacked real good.

Poopdawg

May 22nd, 2011
4:41 pm

When Donnan was hired one Xmas day , he was asked about the late start in recruiting. He said ” I will find 25 men who wants to be Dawgs.” Underline the wants to be Dawgs! There are plenty of talented players who would love to be a Dawg.

Late again

May 22nd, 2011
5:05 pm

Saban nabs Holsey in the 11th hour. Mark it down….

Blackoutanyone?

May 22nd, 2011
5:07 pm

AOL.com…. Richt will have to cut 32 players before fall camp starts. It’s a crying shame. See I can make up crap too. Jeez what a milkdud.

RRTDawgs

May 22nd, 2011
5:20 pm

I agree dawgster there still could be a chance with Geno him Ray Drew talk a lot and are good friends i still fill good about John Taylor , James Deloach , John Theus , Vadal Alexander , Jordan Jenkins and Kieth Marshall a good chance we may get Avery Young from what i here those are the guys we going after the most .

Brown Dog

May 22nd, 2011
5:20 pm

aol.com: The reason you don’t see any parents upset about how Nick Saban runs his program is that they know what’s going on. You don’t.

Meanwhile, the NCAA version of the Rapture is coming to Lowerderville, except this time, the chariots are really being readied.

SSgt Dawg

May 22nd, 2011
5:31 pm

UGA always seems too be a little too late to the party. CMR explained it by saying when he offers that scholly its there for the taking. Its not one of those offer 5 guys for 2 spots. It backfires occasionally but it prevents having a LAMECOCK situation on your hands. I would love to be naive and say if a kids heart says dawgs that’s all it should take, but this is a life decision. Look at AJ Harmon a 5 start recruit at DL but was forced to switch to OL then ride the bench. Now his chances of being drafted are nonexistent. Loyalty to a school can sometimes have a horrible downside.

Melissa

May 22nd, 2011
5:49 pm

Paul N. Destin, you need to quit drinking the crimson kool aid. Auburn will not be on probation any time soon b/c they have done nothing. Be prepared for a down recruiting year pups.

Sclass

May 22nd, 2011
5:57 pm

Melissa – have you been hiding under a rock for the past few months? Please help to enlighten us on how you are so sure that AU has done nothing wrong!!

Douglas

May 22nd, 2011
6:00 pm

We do seem to be behind the eight ball now…they need to do a better job of scouting out these guys sooner. Sounds like Garner is not the recruiting whiz he used to be. UGA ought to hire Scott from the CLemson tigers: he was the main one who sealed a lot of their top recruits last year including the top receiver and RB from Florida.

hal combo

May 22nd, 2011
6:33 pm

When is AU going to get “whacked real soon” Paul N Destin? Gus Malzone and Trooper Taylor turned down big bucks to stay: why? Ya’ll need to get a life and worry about the Dawgs while AU polishes its NC trophy. Ala and AU are so far ahead of UGA at this point, it’s disgraceful.

Hey Melissa?

May 22nd, 2011
6:44 pm

UGA is going to have a down year in recruiting? So a down year in recruiting will include 2 top OT’s (trust me there), 3 top OLB’s (Jenkins and Clemons will be Dawgs along with Floyd), 2 to 3 more very good OL (Including probably Harris, Waldrop, Alexander- 2/3 of them at least), 1 top RB (Marshall, 4.2 40), the Dawgs will get Taylor (awesome ng), possibly Agholor, etc., etc? Thats a down year? I may be wrong on one or two, but trust me, UGA will be top 10.

If you know little about UGA recruiting, keep your mouth shut. Now make me a sandwich. And before you mock someone’s mascot, make up your own mind concerning your own. Yall have 3 mascots and you’ve still gone 1 win and 4 losses in the past 5 years against us.

1eyedJack

May 22nd, 2011
7:04 pm

Take the four and five star players from where ever you can find them. If from in-state the better.

These three and two star type players must be true-blue red and black Dawgs that will fit your system, even the punters, kickers, and long snappers, as they will most probably be backups and special teamers, with some exceptions.

Rhall55

May 22nd, 2011
7:10 pm

If UGA loses Holsey, then this will be the same old broken record so far; I grew up a UGA fan but they offered me too late!!! And the beat goes on………………and the beat goes on.

BAMA

May 22nd, 2011
7:19 pm

The Barn is about to be hammered by the NCAA. There is a reason Louder stepped down.
Why go there?

RRTDawgs

May 22nd, 2011
8:07 pm

I know people on here don’t want here about basketball recruiting but this is big UGA is the front runner for 5 star recruit Ryan Harrow .

JB

May 22nd, 2011
8:43 pm

“UGA makes a late charge….Yet told told the crowd in Macon he knew what the Hell he was doing. Many of States elites committing lately…and We’re chasing a fire truck…….Does Mark know what he’s doing?

dawgster

May 22nd, 2011
8:47 pm

Based on everything we know to this point it’s hard to say how next years recruiting class will turn out for us or anyone else…on paper it appears we are letting alot of highly rated prospects get away, but there are still very good players in the state and we need to identify who among them want to be dawgs….I will add that its does seem a little confusing that the projected #1 DB in the state just now gets an offer from us….and this seems to be a major concern among these type of athletes…if thats what is hurting us, and not sure thats the reason, but if it is, then we need to reevaluate our approach and not let the other schools get too far out in front for these guys…We have to remember, however, that we can only have a limited number we can take this year, so we have to be selective, which means many more top athletes will go somewhere else, but we just need to identify our specific needs….I would say O-line and D-lines along with WR’s would fall into that category and always take at least one or possibly two RB’s each recruiting class…go dawgs

dawgster

May 22nd, 2011
8:55 pm

@RRTDawgs…good news with that info regarding BB prospect….Also, the dawg coaches need to reevaluate their recruiting efforts it appears with some of these high profile guys or just concentrate on guys that actuall want to be a dawg….These high profile guys have this entitlement mentality and for some reason appear to be bothered that the dawgs are not offering sooner, although I’m not sure it’s really about that….We have a limited number of scholarships next season, so we have to be selective…I would concentrate on O-line and D-line players along with WR’s and one or two Rb’s…We lost a RB last year that would have jumped at a chance to be a dawg and would have in my opinion been a very good contributor to our program…I know we put our effort into Crowell, but we should have seen some of the handwriting on the wall with our other RB’s….go dawgs

SEC Homer

May 22nd, 2011
9:02 pm

Bama, you are as dumb as your name….Lowder stepped down because of the NCAA? hahahah
After 28 years of being a board of trustee and finding every loophole possible to stay on the board, the Alabama Senate finally changed some rules, led by a group of AU alumni…

brochacho

May 22nd, 2011
9:12 pm

Big Cat Weekend is this weekend, this kid is attending along with a lot of top prospects. He’s Auburn bound.

For the tin foil hat crowd: Lowder is handing out pre paid debit cards for a signature in Feb.

RRTDawgs

May 22nd, 2011
9:30 pm

I agree with that dawgster the coaches do need to change the way they recruit but we are in good shape with the targets i mention in my last post Taylor , Theus , Deloach , Alexander , Jenkins , and Marshall it looks good right now .

Crowell, isiah

May 22nd, 2011
9:34 pm

6-7 always gets the best lol

NOBODYYOUKNOW

May 22nd, 2011
9:56 pm

Va.Tech will get him. Great education, good sports program, and a close friend is there’ He’s gone. Keep looking JAWJA!

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Pete

May 22nd, 2011
10:31 pm

If a recruit is smart and the school he wants to go to offers, he will take that offer whether it is first or thirty-first.

Reality Check

May 22nd, 2011
10:35 pm

No one on these blogs is operating with anything resembling complete information.

Blackoutanyone?

May 22nd, 2011
10:45 pm

UGA recruiting news…. Look for 4* DB Travis Blanks of Tallahassee Fl to commit to the Bulldogs this summer.

chuck

May 22nd, 2011
10:46 pm

It sure is looking ugly for UGA in recruiting. CMR just doesn’t seem to be up to the job. Throw in the potential for major OL line problems ONCE AGAIN and I wish he would just retire gracefully.

TampaDAWG

May 22nd, 2011
11:00 pm

Also saw that UGA is in Travis Blanks top 8. He is one of the top DBs from Florida. Need to get at least one of those 3 guys, hopefully 2.

bgdawg

May 22nd, 2011
11:15 pm

look guys we have 2 stellar db’s coming in already. db isn’t our top need. as you can see, OL is our top need and maybe WR. we are eyeing several incredible players at the OL position and those players are gonna fill a very shallow position for us. plus going in and throwing away schollys to players that you haven’t fully scouted yet isn’t all that smart. i’d rather pick up a super sleeper that i got to see play his senior year and got to see him practice then a guy who i’m just gonna throw a scholly at and hope he’s good. you other fans say that we’re always slow to give out schollys but hate the oversigning situation.

bgdawg

May 22nd, 2011
11:16 pm

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May 23rd, 2011
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Columbus

May 23rd, 2011
1:42 am

LOOK guys UGA CANNOT get EVERY somewhat highly rated player in the state OK? We have needs at certain positions, we have players at those positions and some that we have been recruiting for awhile. This kid just came onto the radar and it takes a little time to check out someone BEFORE you commit to them, just like when they commit. We cant have players coming in we dont know nothing about and we CANNOT be rescinding an offer after…uh oh look at this we found out and oh and then there’s this that no one knew about and then there was this one time that he went to juvi…..TRUST me AND the staff that they have their targets AND that signing day is a LONG time away and a committment now can change his mind and if they REALLY want to play for a school and that school offers LATE or wants a workout, then they damn sure will go do it. If not then they really did not want to go there as bad as it appeared or you know what? Maybe the college was not really SURE about that player and one thing UGA is these days is SURE before they offer. Bama now has to cut players because they oversign so we cannot just go out there and offer EVERY highly rated kid because they just might…… ALL COME! It is all going to be OK? I think UGA has done OK the last decade at getting some very good players and lots of them. I am sure that Grantham also needs a CERTAIN type for his scheme. We offer when WE offer and make a SOLID offer when everything checks out and it appears that there is a GOOD fit and if it is too late then, we move on to the next one that is a good fit. First, we want who wants to be here, second we want who is a good or great fit at the scheme, position and with no significant red flags in ANY area. It is a lot to it. Bama probably offered I bet and did not knwo nothing, most other schools too. UGA asks many to come in for a workout. That is a test in a way to see if they WANT to come to UGA bad enough. If not then well we have been looking at some other kids anyway at the same position that we REALLY like….

Red Dog 77

May 23rd, 2011
1:52 am

No question, the University of Georgia football program will have a top 10 class once again in 2012. What troubles me is all this “whinning” from so-called fans/experts in recruiting!…….Chill-out BULLDOG NATION…….as they say “alls good”. We will be just fine come signing day, February, 2012………….And another thing, I don’t give a rips rear-end what will or won’t happen to Auburn following the NCAA investigation. I care even less what people think or not about Nick Sabans “oversigning”……..Georgia will have a better year this season [much improved] and will be “the team” on the up-swing………Me? I’m not even worried about our Oline this year, we have plenty of young pups ready to step-up………The sense of urgency has already surrounded “my” DOGS…….This my friends creates Chemistry……….Chemistry and hard nosed football = Championships……….GO DOGS !! GATA…………RED

Math Debater

May 23rd, 2011
7:20 am

After signing so many good DBs last year it’s going to be hard to sign any this year.