Many of the prospects in Auburn's last two highly-rated signee classes participated in one of the previous two Big Cat events.
Talented defensive back Josh Holsey from Creekside High School in Fairburn, Ga., announced at a press conference on Tuesday that he will sign with the Tigers. He will have plenty of outstanding prospects to talk to at the recruiting event on Saturday.
"I am looking forward to the Big Cat Weekend," says Holsey, who is ranked as the number eight cornerback prospect in the country by Scout.com. "I will be talking to those guys about joining me at Auburn."
Around three dozen invited prospects, some who will be bringing their families, will spend Saturday in Auburn in an informal setting. In addition to tours of campus and talks with the coaching staff, the prospects will be divided into teams for friendly competitions in non-serious events like ping pong and pie-eating contests.
Holsey says he is expecting a fun event hanging out with the coaches, especially Trooper Taylor, who is his recruiting coach. "Trooper is something else," the four-star cornerback says. "He is really funny. He did a good job recruiting me. I like all of the Auburn coaches. They have goals for me already and I am not even there yet. I can see myself as a player there."
While Holsey enjoys having a good time, when he gets on the field he is serious about being seriously good. His coach at Creekside, Johnny White, says, "Football is very important to Josh. That is one of the reasons he is such an outstanding player along with his tremendous speed and all-around athletic ability. Auburn is getting a very good prospect. He is the total package.
"He is a great kid and he is going to be a blessing for Auburn," White adds. "He is a great student and a great leader. He is a high character guy. He is going to do well at Auburn."
Holsey agrees with his coach about how he approaches the game. "When plays are needed to be made, I make them," says the defensive back who has been a starter at Creekside High since his ninth grade season.
Commenting on Auburn, he says, "My goal is to go down there and try to be the player they want me to be."
One of the top in-state prospects, Prattville defensive tackle Justin Shanks, says he has heard Big Cat Weekend is a fun event. "I am looking forward to going over there and check it out," he says.
With defensive linemen being a high priority for the Tigers, Shanks says he expects he will get plenty of attention from the AU staff this weekend. "They let me know that they really need to sign more tackles," he says.