Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer has let Creekside (Fairburn, GA) rising senior defensive back/wide receiver Joshua Holsey know just how highly the staff thinks of his talents.
“He said he really liked me,” said Holsey, who spoke with Coach Beamer while on an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech several weeks ago. “He said they had me on the top of their board. He said I was one of the main guys on their board.”
Indeed, Virginia Tech was the first school to offer the 5-11, 180-pound Holsey, who has since received offers from Auburn, Georgia Tech, LSU, South Carolina, and others. He has 11 offers in total and certainly could garner more as the April/May Evaluation period comes and goes.
Of Virginia Tech, he said, “I thought it had a good campus, and everything was nice. Coach Gray is a nice dude. I got a nice vibe.”
Torrian Gray, who would likely coach Holsey if the promising prospect were to pick Virginia Tech, also serves as the primary recruiter at Creekside High School. The coach and prospect spent a lot of time together on the visit.
“We walked around the football facilities, ate, and then he took us around campus. I also got to sit in on a defensive backs meeting,” said Holsey, who arrived at Tech on a Wednesday and returned home the following day. He was accompanied by his mother.
Holsey isn’t sure if he will return to Virginia Tech for another visit, and in general he is not giving anything away in terms of which schools, if any, he is favoring. As a result of visiting schools, including Virginia Tech and most recently Auburn, he is getting a feel for what may be most important in his decision.
“It’s about the coaches and the people there,” Holsey said. “I got a nice vibe from Virginia Tech.”
Asked if any schools were high on his list, Holsey answered, “Not really.”
A safety and wide receiver at Creekside, Holsey captured top defensive back honors at a VTO combine this past weekend. The defensive backs MVP posted a 4.31-second 40 and a 4.12-second shuttle. Most schools are recruiting the first-team all-state selection as a defensive back with potential at corner or safety. Virginia Tech is no different, though the Peach state star now says that the Hokies like him at receiver as well.
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