- Jamie Newberg, RecruitingNation
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The national champions just landed a defensive playmaker, as Fairburn (Ga.) Creekside CB Joshua Holsey, a member of the ESPNU Watch List, committed to play for Gene Chizik and the Auburn Tigers on Tuesday.
"Auburn just felt right," Holsey said. "I love the coaches. I love the environment there. I have been there now three or four times and I just feel in love with Auburn. It's a good scheme and I know they really like me. I can come in and play and help that team. I am what they are looking for at cornerback."
Holsey has started since his freshman year at Creekside and has 19 interceptions in his career. Last season, he spent time playing receiver and had 878 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns on only 26 receptions. Hosley, 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, is consistently clocked under 4.4 in the 40-yard dash and was part of the Creekside state title 4x100 team.
"Auburn is getting a heck of a football player," Creekside coach Johnny White said. "Joshua is a kid that can play both cornerback and safety. He's a hard worker and competitor. He's a kid with great, great speed and ball skills. Joshua knows he wants to be great, and I really think he understands there is a next level and that takes extra preparation to play in the SEC. He really does understand that and knows he has to work hard."
Auburn won this battle over the home-state Bulldogs and Virginia Tech. It was a hard decision for Holsey, and he's glad to get it out of the way.
"You can only pick one school so that's kind of tough," Holsey said. "To be honest though, Georgia got in the game with me kind of late. If they had offered me earlier in the process I would have visited them more. If I had done that then who knows what would have happened. It could have been a different story."
Creekside played their spring game last Friday, and that's when Holsey came to his decision.
"I felt it after the spring game," Holsey said. "I can't remember if I talked with and told Auburn on Friday or Saturday, but those coaches were very excited."
White has quite a secondary at Creekside. His other starting cornerback, Davion Tookes, has committed to Virginia Tech.
"I think Joshua really will fit in well," White said. "They are a really good group of coaches. Auburn is close to home, less than an hour, and I think that's important to Joshua and his mom. He's still real close to his mom and they have a great relationship. I am excited that he gets to play the best college football in the country."
Jamie Newberg has been covering recruiting in the Southeast and nationally for 19 years. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch List CB Joshua Holsey committed to Auburn over Georgia and Virginia Tech.