NCF On The Trail: Justin Hollins

Early Offer: Latest on top 5 teams 

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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: With the newest edition of the BCS rankings released, we take a look at the biggest headlines of the top five teams from the recruiting trail.

Pac-12 recruiting storylines: Oct. 31 

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Arizona State and Oregon added to top-40 classes earlier this week, as the Sun Devils grabbed another ESPN 300 prospect and the Ducks flexed their muscles in Texas. USC softened its policy against in-season visitors, while UCLA will look to take advantage of hosting a committed visitor of its own this weekend.

Arizona State adds another

It didn't come as much of a surprise when ESPN 300 outside linebacker D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) verbally committed to Arizona State this past Sunday, but that didn't make the commitment any less important for the Sun Devils. Head coach Todd Graham's program is picking up steam on the recruiting trail as it puts together wins on the field. Calhoun joins teammate Jalen Harvey and four-star tackle Sam Jones (Highlands Ranch, Colo./ThunderRidge) as recent commitments for Arizona State, while quarterback Manny Wilkins (Novato, Calif./San Marin) continues to do an excellent job in selling the program to recruits. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Sun Devils eventually reel in California prospects Michael Lazarus (Berkeley, Calif./Berkeley), Kammy Delp (Pomona, Calif./Diamond Ranch) and Demario Richard (Palmdale, Calif./Palmdae), as the buzz -- especially in California -- continues to grow. Arizona State now has the nation's No. 25 recruiting class -- up three spots due to the updated ESPN 300 -- and sits just behind No. 24 Stanford and No. 20 Arizona as the third-best class in the Pac-12.

Hollins hollers for Oregon


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Early Offer: Third time the charm? 

October, 29, 2013
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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Texas A&M has long been on the hunt for a junior college offensive tackle to help add depth at the position, and the Aggies got their guy on Monday when blue-chip offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor committed; Oregon went hunting for defensive help in Texas, and came away with a major steal with a fast-rising prospect Justin Hollins; and whoever is hired at USC will shape West Coast and national recruiting for sure.

Hogs’ loss is Aggies' gain

DE Hollins commits to Oregon 

October, 28, 2013
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The Oregon Ducks plucked another recruit from the Lone Star State on Monday when defensive end Justin Hollins (Arlington, Texas/Martin) announced his commitment at his high school.

“They have a great coaching staff, great environment,” he said. “I love the players and the way they interact with the staff. It was just everything when I went up there. I was overwhelmed.”


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Big 12 2014 recruiting scenarios 

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Even for schools like Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas, who all have recruiting classes ranked in the top 40, there is still a lot of work to be done for the Class of 2014. Here is a look at the best-case and worst-case scenarios for every school in the Big 12.

Baylor
Best-case scenario: The Bears continue to put up gaudy numbers on offense, which allows them to round out one of their best-ever classes with a few more gems. One recruit they would love to add is Randall Cunningham II (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman). On defense, one of Baylor’s top targets is ESPN 300 cornerback Nick Watkins (Dallas/Bishop Dunne). Texas struggling this season sure does help BU's recruiting.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12 

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Texas Tech continues to impress on the field and recruits are taking notice. The Red Raiders added some beef to their 2014 class and also offered one of the top 2015 defensive tackles in the state of Texas. We’ll take a look at those two players, how Kansas State’s future quarterback shined on Friday, and plenty more in this edition of the Big 12 weekend wrap.

Biggest commitment: That goes to Texas Tech and the verbal pledge it received from junior college defensive tackle Keland McElrath (Clarksdale, Miss./Coaoma Community College) on Tuesday. This is another piece to the puzzle for Kliff Kingsbury to better his chances of turning things around on defense, which will graduate three defensive linemen on its current two-deep. McElrath is the second DT to commit to the Red Raiders in 2014, along with Ivan Thomas (Lawton, OK/Lawton), the No. 65 DT overall. McElrath (6-foot-5, 290 pounds) also had offers from Kentucky, West Virginia and Western Kentucky. He is scheduled to take his official visit to Texas Tech on Nov. 9.

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Critical positions in Pac-12 recruiting 

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Recruiting for the 2014 class bumped up another notch this past Sunday, when college coaches could begin making their one phone call per week to high school seniors. Today, we take a look at what position group those Pac-12 coaches might consider their most important position to add talent with this class.


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Oklahoma instant impact recruits 

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NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma will have plenty of holes to fill after the 2013 season with several standouts -- including running back Damien Williams and Aaron Colvin -- set to complete their eligibility this fall.

OU is in the process of trying to replace playmakers like Williams and Colvin while also improving several positions on both sides of the ball with talented recruits who are either already committed to OU or are showing strong interest in wearing crimson and cream during their college careers. Here's a look at the top 10 potential impact recruits -- commits and targets -- for the Sooners, ranked in the order of likelihood to make the biggest impact in 2014.


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Houston SPARQ All-Combine team

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SHENANDOAH, Texas -- Over 1,430 athletes gathered on Feb. 23 at Woodforest Bank Stadium for the Houston stop of the Nike Football SPARQ Combine tour. Here is a look at the 25 standout performers who make up the Houston All-Combine team.

Note: Selections are based upon combine performance as well as past and projected on-field performance. Athletes must have completed two of the four combine tests to be eligible for selection. Athletes are in the Class of 2014 unless otherwise noted.

OFFENSE

QB: Michael Haywood, 5-foot-11, 178 pounds, Houston Westside
Results: 4.73 40-yard dash, 4.47 shuttle, 33-foot power ball, 30.9-inch vertical jump, 76.23 SPARQ
Breakdown: Accounted for 31 TDs to earn District 20-5A Co-MVP honors as a junior.

RB: Rodney Anderson (2015), 6-0 , 196, Katy (Texas) High
Results: 4.63 40, 4.13 shuttle, 35.5’ PB, 36.9” VJ, 109.29 SPARQ
Breakdown: Star junior-to-be scored 26 times for the state champion Tigers last season.

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Sam Khan Jr./ESPNSugar Land (Texas) Ft. Bend Austin RB Vic Enwere had a big day at the Houston SPARQ Combine, posting a 120.51 SPARQ Rating.
RB: Vic Enwere, 6-0 , 210, Sugar Land (Texas) Ft. Bend Austin
Results: 4.61 40, 4.31 shuttle, 38’ PB, 41.0” VJ, 120.51 SPARQ
Breakdown: Enwere rushed for 1,208 yards and 16 TDs in the fall. SMU, Rice, Colorado and Utah have offered.

RB: Forrest Town, 5-11, 187, Zachary (La.) High
Results: 4.55 40, 4.28 shuttle, 37’ PB, 40.0” VJ, 113.28 SPARQ
Breakdown: Ran for 945 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior.

WR: Morie Evans (2015), 5-11, 180, Huntsville (Texas) High
Results: 4.58 40, 4.34 shuttle, 34’ PB, 32.7” VJ, 90.96 SPARQ
Breakdown: TCU already has offered this speedy rising junior.

WR: Gabe Fuselier, 5-10, 175, New Iberia (La.) Catholic
Results: 4.45 40, 4.03 shuttle, 35’ PB, 34.9” VJ, 113.28 SPARQ
Breakdown: Repeat selection from New Orleans event upped his SPARQ Rating 12 points.

WR: Bobby Hartzog, 5-10 , 178, Houston Westside
Results: 4.49 40, 4.22 shuttle, 37’ PB, 37.4” VJ, 110.91 SPARQ
Breakdown: Caught 35 passes for 654 yards and nine scores to earn all-district in the fall.

TE: Dimitri Flowers, 6-2, 214, San Antonio Churchill
Results: 4.83 40, 4.59 shuttle, 40’ PB, 32.4” VJ, 92.49 SPARQ
Breakdown: Son of former NFL DL Erik Flowers scored 16 times as a junior.

OL: Ashmeed Ahamad, 6-1, 262, Deer Park (Texas) High
Results: 4.80 40, 4.75 shuttle, 32.5' PB, 23.3" VJ, 71.61 SPARQ
Breakdown: Will spend this summer looking to build off a strong 2012 season in which he was an All-District 21-5A selection.

OL: Robert Castaneda, 6-4.5, 304, Round Rock (Texas) High
Results: 5.38 40, 4.78 Shuttle, 41.0' PB, 25.2" VJ, 91.14 SPARQ
Breakdown: Came out of nowhere to post the highest SPARQ Rating for an OL thus far in 2013.

OL: Connor Lanfear (2015), 6-5, 261, Buda (Texas) Hays
Results: 5.54 40, 4.84 Shuttle, 35.0' PB, 31.4" VJ, 74.88 SPARQ
Breakdown: Sophomore starter for the 10-2 Rebels should be a major prospect in the Class of 2015.

OL: Toby Weathersby (2015), 6-4, 280, Houston Westfield
Results: 5.54 40, 5.15 Shuttle, 42.0' PB, 20.2" VJ, 71.52 SPARQ
Breakdown: Posted the top power ball toss of the day. Expected to be a big contributor next year for the Mustangs.

ATH: DeUnte Chatman (2015), 5-11 , 210, Houston Summer Creek
Results: 4.55 40, 4.47 shuttle, 37.5’ PB, 35.2” VJ, 104.61 SPARQ
Breakdown: Versatile H-back/tight end should be big weapon for Summer Creek next fall.

ATH: Reggie Turner, 5-7 , 151, Pasadena (Texas) Memorial
Results: 4.71 40, 4.09 shuttle, 36’ PB, 32.4” VJ, 92.22 SPARQ
Breakdown: Versatile threat was District 22-5A Co-MVP last fall, scoring 19 touchdowns.

DEFENSE

DL: Zach Vaughan, 6-4, 218, Austin (Texas) McNeil
Results: 4.79 40, 4.19 shuttle, 41’ PB, 32.6” VJ, 112.56 SPARQ
Breakdown: Colorado, Texas Tech, Houston and Rice are among Vaughan’s early offers.

DL: Justin Hollins, 6-5, 205, Arlington (Texas) Grace Prep Academy
Results: 4.67 40, 4.38 Shuttle, 36.0' PB, 33.9" VJ, 96.42 SPARQ
Breakdown: One of the more impressive physical prospects to come through the Houston event.

LB: Arthur McGinnis (2015), 6-2, 204, New Orleans Warren Easton
Results: 4.66 40, 4.44 shuttle, 36’ PB, 32.3” VJ, 92.04 SPARQ
Breakdown: Louisiana rising junior turned in his second strong Nike combine this offseason.

LB: Tobenna Okeke, 6-2, 186, Missouri City (Texas) Elkins
Results: 4.68 40, 4.37 shuttle, 38’ PB, 35.1” VJ, 98.82 SPARQ
Breakdown: Athletic linebacker was an All-District 23-5A pick in the fall.

LB: Micah Thomas, 6-0, 244, Cedar Park (Texas) Vista Ridge
Results: 4.96 40, 4.57 shuttle, 35’ PB, 34.3” VJ, 90.66 SPARQ
Breakdown: Big ‘backer had six sacks and four forced fumbles to earn all-area honors in 2012.

DB: Andrew Aneke, 5-11 , 177, Missouri City (Texas) Elkins
Results: 4.66 40, 4.26 shuttle, 38’ PB, 37.4” VJ, 104.73 SPARQ
Breakdown: Track standout showed up big time Saturday.

DB: Craig McWilliams, 5-11, 172, Pflugerville (Texas) High
Results: 4.58 40, 4.12 shuttle, 39.5’ PB, 37.2” VJ, 114.42 SPARQ
Breakdown: McWilliams put himself on the map with day’s second-best SPARQ Rating.

DB: Trai Mosley, 5-8, 163, Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson
Results: 4.63 40, 4.30 shuttle, 38’ PB, 36.6” VJ, 100.62
Breakdown: Physical corner totaled 34 tackles and three interceptions as a junior.

DB: Arrion Springs, 5-11, 185, San Antonio (Texas) Roosevelt
Results: 4.46 40, 4.12 shuttle, 33.5’ PB, 34.0” VJ, 107.07 SPARQ
Breakdown: Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Baylor and Vanderbilt are among Springs’ early offers.

DB: Marlon Walls, 5-9 , 182, Pearland (Texas) High
Results: 4.64 40, 4.09 shuttle, 34’ PB, 34.4” VJ, 100.95 SPARQ
Breakdown: Safety/outside linebacker earned second-team all-district in the fall.

DB: Jordan Washington, 5-11, 186, Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson
Results: 4.73 40, 4.22 shuttle, 39’ PB, 38.3” VJ, 108.72 SPARQ
Breakdown: Washington raised his SPARQ Rating 26 points from a year ago.

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