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Friday, January 25, 2013
ESPN 150 OLB Hollins Jr. talks visits

By Sam Khan Jr.

Things are beginning to wind down for Missouri City (Texas) Thurgood Marshall defensive end Deon Hollins Jr.

The ESPN 150 outside linebacker and UCLA commitment will be making his final official visit this weekend.

Hollins heads to South Bend, Ind., to visit Notre Dame.

Last weekend, he visited UCLA, the school he has been committed to since March. Notre Dame is the only other school he said he is considering at this point and he wants to get a feel for the school and the campus in the coming days.

"I just want to see how the place is and the overall vibe of it," Hollins said.

Co-defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach Kerry Cooks has been the recruiting contact for Hollins, and in his conversation with Cooks and the coaching staff, the talk is how Hollins could fit in.

"They're just explaining to me that they'd like to add me and that I'd be an impact guy for themand they'd be ecstatic to have me," Hollins said. "And how I'll fit in with the defense."

Hollins is still committed to UCLA and said he enjoyed his visit to Westwood, Calif., last weekend. He has taken official visits to other schools so that he can ensure he's making the right decision. He visited Utah earlier this month and considered a visit to Arizona State but has since decided against it. Notre Dame is the only other school battling UCLA at this point.

"It went real well," Hollins said of his UCLA visit. "I had a blast."

The No. 103 player in the ESPN 150 was hosted by Eric Kendricks, Jordan Zumwalt and Anthony Barr. Hollins said he got a good feeling hanging around the other players.

"[I was] just basically hanging out with the players and getting a vibe from them," Hollins said. "I got a real good vibe. They're real interactive with each other and I can tell it's not anything forced. They're real genuine."

Hollins, the seventh-ranked outside linebacker in the country who starred at defensive end for Thurgood Marshall this year, said there was a lot of non-football talk with the UCLA coaches.

"They just talked with me about life, things in general and different things like how I fit into the program," Hollins said. "I thought they were real helpful."

Hollins, who was selected as the 2012 Houston-area defensive player of the year by the Houston Touchdown Club off a season that saw him record 20 sacks and 42 tackles for loss, is being recruited be Demetrice Martin. Hollins said he hopes to have a final decision not long after his trip to Notre Dame.