Posted by Bryan Fischer
The state of Georgia has been one of the top talent producing states in the country over the past few years and just across the state line in Alabama at Auburn, they've taken advantage and used several Georgia athletes to propel them to a BCS championship.
Gene Chizik and the rest of the coaching staff are going right back to where they've found success before and are finally starting to experience a bit of a championship bounce in recruiting, picking up a commitment from one of the top defensive backs in the state with Fairburn (Ga.) corner Josh Hosley Tuesday afternoon.
“I just thought it was the right school for me to go to and pursue my future, and do what I want to do in life and be the best person I can be,” Holsey told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Auburn is the right place for me to go.”
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound cornerback selected the Tigers over his other finalists Georgia, LSU and Virginia Tech. Holsey held well over 20 scholarship offers total at the time he made his commitment.
In what has become a recurring theme for several players in the state, the Georgia entered the picture late in the recruiting process, only recently offering Holsey. The late start hurt his childhood favorite but still received consideration from the corner.
“They were serious contenders," he said. "I figured they recruited me too late. I wasn’t able to get over there and talk to the coaches as much as I did at Auburn.”
Holsey is part of a talented Creekside High team, which is the alma mater of former All-American safety Eric Berry. Holsey has started since he was a freshman and managed to pick off nine passes last season as a junior.
Auburn now has five commitments in the class of 2012.
Photo via Michael Carvell, Atlanta Journal-Constitution