Recruiting Rewind: Auburn DB signee clarifies Alabama rumors, UGA flirtations

Where was basketball star Tony Parker the day before he picked UCLA last month? Hanging out with his longtime buddy, AJC Super 11 DB Josh Holsey (AJC)

Where was basketball star Tony Parker the day before he picked UCLA last month? Hanging out with his longtime buddy, AJC Super 11 DB Josh Holsey (AJC)

Who was the state’s best defensive back this past season? You could make a case for Josh Holsey, who the most talented DB out of Creekside High School since Eric Berry.

Holsey, an AJC Super 11 selection, grew up following UGA but ended up committing to – and signing with — Auburn over LSU, Virginia Tech and the Bulldogs. He reflected on the recruiting process:

  • What was the most creative thing a school or coach did to get your attention? “The UGA coaches all signed my AJC Super 11 photo from the newspaper and sent it to me. I thought that was pretty cool.”
  • What school came in second? What could they have done a little better? “Probably LSU. They did everything right. It’s just that Auburn was my first choice.”
  • What was the biggest recruiting rumor about you that was not true? “There were rumors that I was going to de-commit from Auburn and go to Alabama. I guess it started when [Alabama assistant Chris Rumph] came by my school after I committed. We talked, and that was about it. I never said anything about Alabama, or had a reason to switch to them or anything like that.”
  • There was talk about you were going to take an official visit to UGA in December. You didn’t. What exactly happened? “Georgia had two DBs that ended up committing, so they backed off me. They didn’t have any more slots. They were just honest. Georgia had been talking to me but they said they had to wait to see if the two other DB recruits we’re going to commit. And then they told me that they both did commit, so then they didn’t want me to visit because they didn’t want me to waste my time.”
  • What did you think about that? “I don’t know. I mean … it was crazy. I guess it was all good.”
  • Which school disappointed you the most during recruiting? “None of them really. Georgia was a little disappointing because they told me to come work for an offer after I had 24 or 25 scholarship offers, or something like that. A lot of people thought that was pretty funny. It was disappointing. I was like ‘that’s crazy.’”
  • What was your biggest regret during the recruiting process? “Committing early. You really don’t get to take official visits and spend a lot of time with different coaches at different campuses.”
  • How do you think things would’ve been different if you had taken other official visits than Auburn? “Who knows? I don’t know how it would’ve turned out.”
  • What NCAA rule would you change about recruiting? “That the coaches can’t text you back, and all that staff, until after you sign. I think there needs to be more contact to build a relationship.

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261 comments Add your comment

System

May 8th, 2012
1:54 am

System

May 8th, 2012
1:55 am

In Vegas, time to go back to the table and win (yeah) some more.

Rodney g

May 8th, 2012
2:12 am

Michael,

Who is the 2nd defensive back Holsey/UGA is referring to? Isn’t Sheldon Dawson the only DB they signed to my knowledge.

UGA '01

May 8th, 2012
2:18 am

There was no second DB. We blew it with this kid from the start, or Coach Garner did. Holsey was a Georgia lock but we waited until he had 30 offers to finally offer. Then he wanted to come on a visit, and we blew it again because our coaches thought Will Redmond was committing (wrong). It was the same story with Josh Holsey, Dillon Lee, Jaq’uay Williams etc …. “too late to offer” with last year’s class. That why we had such a weak finish on National signing day. Good luck to the kid, and I hope we learned our lesson from last year.

Crimson Crush

May 8th, 2012
2:43 am

What NCAA rule would you change about recruiting? “That the coaches can’t text you back, and all that staff, until after you sign. I think there needs to be more contact to build a relationship.

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Guys … this is a problem for ALL schools and ALL potential student athletes . The schools have less and less time to find out what kind of individual they are dealing with … the players have less and less time to find out the same . You can make it about Coach Saban if you like but the fact is hamstringing communications makes the process less efficient and friendly for everyone …

Douglas

May 8th, 2012
5:31 am

Garner cannot move as fast as he used to unless it means running to eat some food…look how big and out of shape he is. It seems like to me he ought to be setting an example to the players. He has missed out on some good players that wanted to go to UGA — Richt needs to get on to him.

Beast from the East

May 8th, 2012
5:46 am

Ouch! Sounds like he clearly would have been at UGA had they offered. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t your top WR having to move to DB due to lack of depth? Someone really dropped the ball with this young man. Oh well, you can’t sign all of them.

Greyshirt_ne_1?

May 8th, 2012
6:24 am

I smell a Roll Tide post coming soon.

Crimson Crush

May 8th, 2012
6:56 am

I smell a Roll Tide post coming soon.
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You are late to your own party … you already made it

UGA put the Junk in Junkyard

May 8th, 2012
7:24 am

30 offers on the table but UGA wants him to come tryout. Hahahaha UGA is a CLOWN COLLEGE!!!

p-ho

May 8th, 2012
7:29 am

You guys act as though you know some much about Georgia’s recruiting, yet you still reference Garner when someone doesn’t get a offer. HE’S NOT OUR HEAD RECRUITER ANYMORE, common sense would suggest that he wouldn’t be evaluating DB’s anyway…

Dawg Fan

May 8th, 2012
7:44 am

Georgia is horrible at evaluating talent. They want to win Rivals/Scout Top Recruiting rankings and that’s why they cannot win the big games. They miss the top talent every year in Georgia. The Dawgs keep going off Chad Simmons point of view and I don’t think that is working.

Stay in School!

AUburn Thanks You UGA

May 8th, 2012
7:46 am

Thanks for being dumb UGA….we will take the Berry twins in 2014 class as well.

Game Changer

May 8th, 2012
7:52 am

BMIOF:

hOLSEY QUOTE SAYS IT ALL

Which school disappointed you the most during recruiting? “None of them really. Georgia was a little disappointing because they told me to come work for an offer after I had 24 or 25 scholarship offers, or something like that. A lot of people thought that was pretty funny. It was disappointing. I was like ‘that’s crazy.’”

tbomachine

May 8th, 2012
8:06 am

and Georgia constantly THUMPS AUburn

Just Saying

May 8th, 2012
8:10 am

Holsey is a fine talent. Blaming Garner by some shows a lack of understanding of the process. Garner is not solely responsible for recruiting. Position coaches and coordinators determine who will be offered. Obviously Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham and DB coach Lakatos did not feel Holsey was a fit for the defensive scheme for whatever reason. Since Grantham arrived Georgia has typically recruited taller, physical DBs. Holsey is small. Holsey is going to a defensive scheme which uses small, finesse DBs, that’s been the Martinez Van Gorder system. His greatest impact may be on special teams as a punt returner and kick returner.

Not every prospect is a physical fit for every scheme. I expect Georgia will survive without Holsey. You Garner bashers should study the way the evaluation and recruiting process works you might learn your blame is misplaced. If it’s a Defensive Lineman we don’t offer, that may be Garner’s decision but not a DB.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

May 8th, 2012
8:11 am

Add in the fact UGA has plenty of room for the kid now and it shows Richt has little skill to manage a roster.

Baloneyismyfirstname!

May 8th, 2012
8:18 am

Idiots who never played are recruiting experts

DawginLex

May 8th, 2012
8:35 am

The recruiting info found here is table scraps and is always anti-UGA, the coaches are lazy blah blah blah

Why don’t you report on where the coaches are and what they are doing?

Oh?

You don’t know?

That’s why the accurate, timely info is found elsewhere

RedandBlackDAWG

May 8th, 2012
8:53 am

Wet Willie,
First go dry your willie and then think before you type for once. CMR had no way of knowing two DB’s were going to get into scrapes and get canned a couple of games, and also no way of knowing two other DB’s would turn out to have sticky fingers and have to be dismissed. He didn’t know that one other would take a transfer. Now, why did the kid transfer? Because he didn’t think he would see much time on the field because of the numbers in the DB unit. UGA is thin on experience for the first couple of games, but does have a number of people to play the position.
You are so fast to try and find something to criticize about UGA, that you are either incapable of thinking rationally or haven’t got the ability to do so, before you make yourself look completely ridiculous when commenting.

SmyrnaGuy

May 8th, 2012
9:05 am

I say tell each and every recruit “the first to send in their signed letter on national signing day is who gets the spot.” To heck with all the verbal commitments, let them pile up… like a pile of sheet.

Boss Tweed

May 8th, 2012
9:06 am

One more time for all you slow learners: It is not possible for UGA to sign every D-1 athlete that comes out of the state of Georgia. Everytime time “one gets away”, the bashing begins.

Dave Cutler

May 8th, 2012
9:08 am

UGA has a losing head to head record against Alabama, Auburn, LSU, and Tennessee. They also have an embarrassing head complex with Florida. They are also the only team of this list to not win a BCS Championship. Why is this story even news? When will UGA fans realize they are just an average SEC team? These expectations every year are hilarious. The only reason they have a respectable win/loss ratio is because for years they never left the South and had Vandy, KY, and SC on the schedule. Those three wins with 3 patsies and GT and guess who is already bowl bound with 7 wins? Just like last year and this year, your schedule is a joke and no one will care. Leave football to the real schools. Congratulations UGA, you are in last place. Perhaps you can build a new bar downtown called “We Suck” to drink your problems away. It’s your claim to fame and all you are good for.

Boss Tweed

May 8th, 2012
9:09 am

“Guys … this is a problem for ALL schools and ALL potential student athletes . The schools have less and less time to find out what kind of individual they are dealing with”

Well said and I couldn’t agree more. The rules need to change

bucket

May 8th, 2012
9:11 am

All the UGA haters can’t have it both ways. You guys say that CMR plays favorites and doesn’t allow competition for spots. You say that UGA only looks at the stars and doesn’t really evaluate. Yet look at the quote from Holsey, “Georgia was a little disappointing because they told me to come work for an offer after I had 24 or 25 scholarship offers, or something like that. A lot of people thought that was pretty funny. It was disappointing. I was like ‘that’s crazy.’” Holsey’s comment reveals the entitlement attitude of most young people today. If Holsey really wanted to be a Dawg and he was really confident in his ability, he would have came to UGA and worked out and he would have probably been offered a scholarship. I am sure he is a fine young man and will be a good player for Auburn.

The Bear

May 8th, 2012
9:12 am

@Boss Tweed thank your state’s largest newspaper for the topics! UGA brings the bashing on themselves!

Here is another Roll Tide to help!

AltamahaDawg

May 8th, 2012
9:13 am

Actually no Beast, we moved the top DB in the state and one of the top rated DB in the country to DB, because thats what we recruited him for. He did turn out to be a helpful last year as opposed to RS at WR, but he is far from our top WR, nor is that where he will end up long term.

We also signed 3 of the top 4 DB in the state in that class (before this kid) . To go with the other dozen on the roster.

And have commitment from 5 a year later.

I’m pretty sure they understood their numbers when they were talking to this guy last year.

The Bear

May 8th, 2012
9:14 am

@bucket good point I thought the same thing!

GeoffDawg

May 8th, 2012
9:16 am

It’s not a lack of depth Beast, it’s a lack of good decision making by the players. We’ll be fine after the first couple of games depth wise.

Whiskey Breath

May 8th, 2012
9:31 am

It is amazing how clueless Ga can be. Asking a recruit to come in and work for an offer afer he is committed is down right stupid. Especially knowing the kid is a home state kid! Watched CMR last night at the spring game, the coach only counts the wins last year and never the last 2 loses. What a loser. Shame on you Ga fans for kissing his backside and letting him get away with it.

Thomas Brown

May 8th, 2012
9:35 am

Neutral May 7th, 2012 9:01 pm

“UGa beats Bama on grad rates consistently”
_________________________________________________
Positive statement I have been asking for ? Got any more positive statements ?

This simply is not true.

http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/newmedia/public/rates/index.html

Graduation Rates :

2011 :
62 UGa
66 Alabama

2010 :
62 UGa
65 Alabama

2009 :
57 UGa
66 Alabama

2008 :
55 UGa
62 Alabama

2007 :
52 UGa
59 Alabama

“UGa beats Bama on grad rates consistently” No we do not, in fact the last 5 years in a row, Alabama has every single solitary time had better graduation rates than UGa.

Thomas Brown

May 8th, 2012
9:44 am

So, the positive point is that we told a recruit who had 25 offers that he had to earn his scholarship offer now to get one from us ?

Or, that we are so stripped for secondary players that a guy who you said Good Riddance to when he left, now has come-back and our Best Wide Receiver All-America Wide Receiver has been moved to the secondary, who has had 12 scholarships signed by Mark Richt – just gone for 2011 while he signed only 1 secondary player.

The same secondary by the way that lost Brandon Boykin from it after 2011 and faces suspensions to 3 more.

And, the same secondary that watched as their QB out-performed our QB head-to-head last year against them in the Boise State game, the South Carolina game, the Michigan State game and the LSU game.

This are your positive statements about my football program ?

Just call it like it is. You don’t have a positive statement about what we’re doing here.

McDawg

May 8th, 2012
9:46 am

whats w/ all the midgets in our 2013 class

AltamahaDawg

May 8th, 2012
9:49 am

He also ended up RS at Auburn, and is nowhere to be found in the depth chart after spring, so I would not have expected him to have any immediate impact here either. Looks like AU is going to lose a lot of its depth at that position in the next couple of year, so he may still have a nice future there.

But we have some of the top rated DB in the state/country just now coming into playing time. And (before the unforseen suspensions) were pretty set as that position. in the near run.

Maybe, just maybe, we didn’t have a good fit for the guy. Or. All of our coaches are just idiots for not signing every D-1 prospect in the state. Depends on the world in which you live, I guess.

AltamahaDawg

May 8th, 2012
9:56 am

Mitchell would need to triple his output at WR to even crack 3rd team All-American WR. But sure.

Probably could have set all sort of school records at WR too, if only we had not put the #1 DB prospect in the country actually playing his position, DB..

AltamahaDawg

May 8th, 2012
10:09 am

But we needed to just “give” another DB a scholarship, not actually ask him come out and play a little ball for us to see where we might use him. And sit him on the bench with the others, for a couple of years.

Because we certainly couldnt use that meal ticket this year when the WR and OL prospects are considered the best the south has seen in years.

bucket

May 8th, 2012
10:11 am

Wow! The bar for head coaching and recruiting has definately been raised by the UGA haters today! Not only is Richt, Garner, Grantham, and company supposed to be great coaches and recruiters, now they have to be able to see the future, too! In December the UGA staff was supposed to know that Commings, Marshall, and Smith were all going to get into trouble. Just wow!

Bazooka Joe

May 8th, 2012
10:20 am

You all dont get it…. harping on last years small recruiting class – that was done intentionally due to the huge amount of talent in this years class. You sign some early enrollers and you can have a pretty darned good class ! Of course they werent going to go public with the strategy, but it might work out very well in the end….

Rowdey_Red_Pachyderm

May 8th, 2012
10:34 am

Enter your comments here

bucket

May 8th, 2012
10:35 am

I agree Bazooka Joe. Some of it was intentional and a couple of guys changed their minds between Sunday and Tuesday of NSD 2012, but the end result is the same. UGA has the space and potential to sign a ton of guys in this class. (Early enrollees count against the last year.) If it works out I will applaud the coaches and if it doesn’t then I will be here to voice disapproval.

AltamahaDawg

May 8th, 2012
10:52 am

I think they absolutely would have taken a couple more kids last year that they did want, (and didnt get) but they were not going to just take some to fill up the spots for the sake of it, after a couple of misses. Some years they can do that, but I agree with you that everybody works so far into the future that they already knew about the early 2013 enrollees, and the potential for the class.

Rowdey_Red_Pachyderm

May 8th, 2012
10:52 am

We appreciate all the recruiting hype the AJC stirs up during the off season, and hopefully the kids will all tune in for our season opener at no less than “JerryWorld” against a top ten Brady Hoke led Michigan team, who has its own agenda laid out before it.

I get real Shivers thinking about that match brrrrrr. Man who does UGA open against?……..

Spanky

May 8th, 2012
10:57 am

Bucket,Bazooka- Spot on, guys! So many arm-chair coaches (and trolls) on this blog are so persistant with “we shoulda..” and “we missed out on…”, that they don’t realize that maybe,…JUST MAYBE..these coaches know something they don’t! People, there is a strategy here, and if you can do a better job…submit an application!!

AltamahaDawg

May 8th, 2012
10:58 am

19 plus 6 early enrollees. Can somebody add that up for us, and give us the effective class size that makes 2012? Anybody? Maybe somebody who quotes theses number nearly daily? I think that is pretty much the maximum number of scholarships allowed in one year as determined by the Southeastern Conference, if I did that math correctly.

harold

May 8th, 2012
11:00 am

AUBURN LSU AND ALABAMA ARE CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAMS WITH CHAMPIONSHIP COACHES. UGA IS STILL DREAMING ABOUT IT.

OBVIOUSLY BASED ON THE RECORD BAMA–LSU—AND AUBURN ARE HIS BEST CHOICES.

Spanky

May 8th, 2012
11:02 am

Anybody have any updates on Christian LeMay?

Spanky

May 8th, 2012
11:04 am

Harold, hit that “Caps Lock” button one more time…it’s on the left…Puntuation is not overrated.

AltamahaDawg

May 8th, 2012
11:04 am

Is that THE Spanky? LTNS.

Spanky

May 8th, 2012
11:12 am

I reckon so,..it’s been a while!

Thomas Brown

May 8th, 2012
11:13 am

Malcolm Mitchell is the Best Wide Receiver on the team in just his Freshman Season. A season in which because of improper Strength and Conditioning, caused the SAME HAMSTRING costing him dearly in playing time as it was in 2011.

More than 21 % of his playing time was reduced for his HAMSTRING.

He started only 9 of the 14 games, despite clearly head-and-shoulders the best receiver on the team. He played in only 11 of the 14 games.

Despite all this, Malcolm Mitchell put up :

45 catches for 665 yards, an avg of over 60 yards a game

There was no reciever for us who averaged more yards per game

There was only one receiver within 10 yards per game of his production.

Had he played the 14 games that receiver did play, who started by the way 13 of the 14 games at receiver, he would have put up in his Freshman Season – not even getting to Start 5 games -

60 yards per game NOT EVEN STARTING 5 GAMES

840 Yards on the Freshman Season

We play Favorites around here.

Malcolm Mitchell was our

BEST WIDE RECEIVER

no one says otherwise.