ANOTHER BIG CAT: Auburn’s third Big Cat Weekend is already shaping up to be a star-studded affair. The latest highly-recruited prospect to confirm he plans to attend is cornerback Joshua Holsey from Creekside in Fairburn, Ga. Holsey has seen his recruitment take off in the last month adding offers from Florida State, Purdue, USC, Wisconsin and Nebraska this week.
Holsey is a top Auburn target.
Holsey is closing in on 20 offers and now plans to hold off on a decision until the fall. He still lists Auburn and Virginia Tech as his leaders. Here’s what Creekside defensive coordinator Daniel Williams told 247Sports about Holsey:
“Holsey is a team leader like no other. He knows the defense, he knows where everybody is supposed to be, he knows when to pick guys up – he is just a smart player that knows how to get the best out of everybody. He has a good knowledge of X’s and O’s as well as motivation. Football wise, he is one of the best I have ever coached.”
THREE DOWN, TWO TO GO: 4-star combo guard Trevor Lacey from Butler in Huntsville, Ala., is back from his Kentucky official visit where he was able to watch some of the Wildcat players workout for NBA scouts.
"I had a great time," Lacey told 247Sports. "It was everything I expected and more. I was kind of surprised to watch how Coach Cal interacted with his players and the other coaches. He's got so much passion for his players. You can tell he really cares about them."
Lacey is leaving for his fourth official to Kansas on Saturday. He’s now planning to visit N.C. State for his final official visit May 13 instead of Connecticut due to his relationship with new Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried. The spring signing period ends May 18.
WESTWARD BOUND: Auburn continues to target Western states in recruiting with recent offers to athlete D.J. Foster from Saguaro in Scottsdale, Ariz., and offensive lineman Lacy Westbrook from Dominquez in Compton, Calif.
The Tigers have previously offered several Western standouts including offensive tackle Andrus Peat from Corona Del Sol in Tempe, Ariz., wide receiver Davonte Neal from Chaparral in Paradise Valley, Ariz., offensive tackle Kyle Murphy from San Clemente (Calif.) High, offensive tackle Jordan Simmons from Crespi in Encino, Calif., and Joshua Garnett from Puyallup (Wash.) High
INTEREST PICKING UP: Linebacker Harding Harper from Carver in Montgomery, Ala., has seen his recruitment really take of in the last couple of weeks. Harper, who visited Auburn’s A-Day game, now has offers from Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Arkansas State, Memphis and FIU. He is receiving interest from Auburn, Alabama and Tennessee.
“A couple of favorites for me would be Tennessee and Vanderbilt," Harper told ESPN. "Tennessee has a pretty young team and I know I can get a lot of playing time at Vandy. Of course I like Alabama and Auburn. Those four stand out most for me. Education is the first thing I am looking at. Then it's mostly playing time."
THIS AND THAT: Florida picked up its 10th commitment Thursday from tight end Colin Thompson from Archbishop Wood in Warminster, Pa. ..... South Carolina is up to five commits after landing brothers Brock and Clayton Stadnik from Western Guilford in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday ..... Ole Miss added its fifth commit Thursday from running back Andre Allen from Arnold in Panama City Beach, Fla. ..... Offensive guard Ian Park from Upper St. Clair in Pittsburgh, Pa., committed to Northwestern Thursday. He visited Auburn in March but didn’t receive an offer from the Tigers ..... Defensive end Channing Ward from Aberdeen (Miss.) High will play in the U.S. Army All-American game in January.