Desmond Hollin won't be taking anything for granted when he enrolls at Florida State.
The 6-foot-4, 260-pound prospect out of ASA College in New York will be heading to Tallahassee, Fla., with a physical advantage. But he has his sights set on bigger and better things than just playing.
"Florida State, they have great defensive ends now," he said. "I am going to be prepared and not really worried about what other people do, so hopefully, I can just go in there and do the best I can and help Florida State win a national championship."
Bjoern Werner, a draft-eligible junior, looks to be a lock as a first-round selection in next April's NFL draft, and at this point it would be a shock if he returns for his senior season. Coupled with the departures of Brandon Jenkins and Tank Carradine, who have exhausted their eligibility, an instant-impact defensive end is required.
The ability to play early was something stressed by the Seminoles coaches during the recruiting process, but they also said he'd have to earn it.
"That is basically what they were saying," Hollin said. "But at the same time, it isn't going to just be handed to you. You have to work for everything. I am not going into it with the mindset that it is going to be handed to me, I am just going to work hard and earn my time."
Confidence shouldn't be a problem for Hollin. And it shouldn't be, either. He's played football at a higher level for some time now and has put in extra time to add strength as compared to a prospect out of high school.
"I definitely have an advantage over high school players, but you know, there are pretty good high school players out there with the same talent," he said. "I just want to be the best at what I do."
The hiring of Florida State's new defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt, has yet to be announced officially because of logistics, but it is close to a done deal.
"I haven't talked to them about the new defensive coordinator yet," he said. "But I will definitely be going to try to talk to Coach Pruitt as soon as I can to just see what he is trying to do with me and things like that."
Playing a significant distance from his home in Miami, his friends and family haven't been able to see him play. That should all change next fall.
"Me being from Miami, and my mom hasn't seen me play in a couple years here in New York, I just basically want to have my family and friends in the stands to watch me play," he said.