March 12, 2012

Hollins Jr. Picks Up Cougar Offer

With spring football right around the corner, the Houston Cougars are continuing to focus on the 2013 recruiting class and continue to go after some of the nation's top talent, including their latest offer to Missouri City (TX) Fort Bend Marshall outside linebacker Deon Hollins Jr.

Hollins has been getting attention from several top programs all over the country and has been quite busy trying to keep up.

"It gets crazier and crazier by the day," the talented linebacker told CougarsDen on Sunday. "I'm trying to think about every school that's interested so that I can really sit and think about it and make a conscientious decision."

Hollins has had several offers for junior day visits, already visiting a couple of Texas schools and has even more planned in his near future.

"I've been to Texas A&M and University of Texas' junior days," the 6-foot-2, 225-pound defender said. "I'm also scheduled to go to Washington and Oregon during the week of April 28th. In terms of Houston's junior day, I haven't scheduled anything yet, but given how close to home it is that wouldn't be a problem at all."

Hollins will also attend a couple of the big named camps coming up in the near future as well.

"I'm going to attend a Nike camp that's coming up in Dallas and also the National Under Classmen combine," he added.

Houston not only offered Hollins, but also offered teammate Maurice Porter. Porter is a 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive tackle for Fort Bend Marshall and Hollins says he would love to stay with his teammate at the next level.

"Head coach (Tony) Levine actually reached out to me first on Facebook," the talented defender said. "He told me they were going after all of the top talent in Texas. We just got the offers today, so I actually haven't had a chance to talk to Maurice yet, but we're real good friends and I'm definitely going to call him and talk to him about it and congratulate him. I think there would definitely be some interest in us both going to the same school. It's always good to have some familiar faces around."

Hollins has 22 offers total from all over the country. He has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Boise State, Colorado, Duke, Houston, Kansas State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington and West Virginia and his offer list should grow even more as the process moves forward, but a decision could be coming from Hollins before the end of summer.

"I plan on making my decision before the summer is over," Hollins added. "My high school coach told me that if a school hasn't reached out to me by the end of spring time then I'm not very high on their list and I want to go to a school that's very interested in me, I don't want to be a second hand kind of deal."

Hollins has had some impressive high school years and feels he's fairly well rounded in the high school game and now he is doing everything he can to prepare himself for the next level.

"My position coach and I have been looking at a lot of things the colleges want to see to prepare myself for College. I feel I have a pretty good grasp on the high school game so I'm just working on a lot of stuff to prepare myself for the college game."

Last season the talented linebacker tallied 70 tackles, 22 tackles-for-loss and 16 sacks for Fort Bend Marshall and while he's getting a lot of national attention, Hollins says he has no favorites as of now but is intrigued by the opportunity to stay close to home, something that could play in favor for Houston.

"For me personally, I have no preference whether to play in or out of state," the speedy defender told CougarsDen. "But I have to take my family into consideration, my family is very involved in everything and for them to be able to watch my games that would mean a lot to me."

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