"I feel good about my decision," he told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "It's a great opportunity for me. It was a tough decision to make with so many colleges offering, but I like everything about Auburn and I feel good about my choice."
At 5-10, 173 pounds with excellent speed, he is rated as the No. 8 cornerback prospect in the country for the 2012 signee class.
Creekside head coach Johnny White, asked what makes the rising senior such a heavily recruited player, said, "It's his athleticism and ball skills. He reads the field well and does a lot of film study to help make him successful.
"Josh is the whole package," the coach added. "He does everything well."
Asked about Holsey's potential as an SEC player, the coach said, "I think he is going to do well. I think it is important to him to have a great offseason like he has been doing and if he does that I think he will have a great chance to play early."
The defensive back said he doesn't know what he plans to study at Auburn, but noted he is a good student. "I am on the A-B Honor Roll," he said.
Holsey, who totaled 10 interceptions as a junior, made several visits early this year to Auburn and got to spend a lot of time on the campus to get a feel for the program.
"It's big to see what the players actually think," he said. "That's the real impact to see. It's not really about the coach. It's about what the players think and how they feel about the whole environment and everything. It was really good to hang around them and everything.
Holsey is shown at his announcement with his father and mother.
"They said it was a great school," Holsey noted. "They said if you come, it's like family. They don't just throw the word around. It's for real. You're going to be family around here. They said it's a really nice school to come to."
Holsey, who was a standout performer at the Chad Simmons Showcase in January, said he spent a lot of time with the Auburn coaches on his visits to AU and that factored into his decision. "It gives you a chance to see what the coaches are really like and know what you're getting yourself into for the next three to four years or maybe the rest of your life," Holsey said. "It was good to see what the coaches are all about."
Creekside High principal Kevin Robinson said he and the staff at his school are proud of Holsey. "We all know from being here, and everybody associated with the program, we know are not only proud of what Josh has done on the field, but also more importantly the character he has exhibited as being a student here."