Fairburn (Ga.) Creekside has had three players start as freshmen in the defensive backfield during head coach Johnny White's eight years on the staff.
One of them (Eric Berry) is in the NFL. Another (Terrance Parks) plays for Florida State.
The third is class of 2012 cornerback Joshua Holsey.
To date, the 5-foot-10, 171 pounder has offers from Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, along with interest from several programs, notably Auburn, Boston College, Georgia, LSU and N.C. State. The Hokies became the first to extend an offer late last year.
"I think he really likes Virginia Tech, but because of being a Georgia guy he kind of likes the SEC," White said. "He wants to kind of be close to home. Right now, I'd probably say Virginia Tech [leads] since it was the first to offer."
In three seasons, Holsey has 18 interceptions. Nine of them came in 2010, when he was a Class 4A all-state selection. While Holsey also is a solid receiver (he scored 13 times last season), his future likely is in the secondary, and probably at cornerback.
"He's a big-time film reader," White said. "He likes watching film and going through progressions. A lot of times, he knows what routes teams like to run. He reads the ball very well, and covers ground very well."
According to White, Holsey probably will attend junior day at a nearby college program, possibly Alabama, Auburn and/or Georgia. In the meantime, Holsey is putting his energy into another sport.
"He runs on the team's 4x100 relay," White said. "His best 100 [meters] time last year was 10.91 seconds. He's really focused on track this year. He's getting his body ready to get bigger and faster. Those are the things he wants to work on."