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Monday, October 28, 2013
DE Hollins commits to Oregon

By William Wilkerson

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.”

Justin Hollins
Texas defensive end Justin Hollins received some extra attention by playing opposite ESPN 300 defensive end Myles Garrett.
It was on that official visit to Oregon on Sept. 14 for its game against Tennessee that he really felt like that was where he’d end up.

“I kind of had a feeling after I left,” he said. “I replayed everything in my mind. I had a good feel about it. I had to take a visit to Oklahoma just to make sure.”

Hollins took that trip north of the Red River on Oct. 5 and had a great time watching the Sooners defeat TCU. But it wasn’t enough to overtake the Ducks.

“As you know, it’s a college town,” Hollins said about Oregon. “Everyone loves football up there. Everyone kind of looks up to you as a role model. You see the kids shaking hands and looking up to everybody. I remember one kid told his dad that he wanted to be an Oregon Duck when he grew up, and that really got me.”

In addition to Oregon and Oklahoma, the 6-foot-5, 207-pound Hollins also had offers from Baylor, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Oregon State.

It should come as no surprise that Oregon, yet again, was able to land a recruit from Texas.

The Ducks have signed at least one player from the Lone Star State since 2010, including stars such as LaMichael James, Bralon Addison, Lache Seastrunk, Josh Huff and Tra Carson.

Hollins is the second Texan committed to Oregon in 2014 along with ESPN 300 defensive back Arrion Springs (San Antonio/Roosevelt), who chose the Ducks over the Texas Longhorns.

During his visit, Hollins was able to sit down with current Ducks and fellow Texans Damion Hobbs, Eric Amoako and Stephen Amoako about how they handled the distance from home.

“They said it is a distance away, but when you get up there, it is like family,” he said.

He made the move from Arlington (Texas) Grace Prep High School this year, where he has received much more recruiting attention while playing opposite ESPN 300 DE Myles Garrett, the state’s top-ranked player, who committed to Texas A&M a few weeks ago.

Hollins is Oregon’s 11th commitment in 2014 and the second this month, along with four-star wide receiver Jalen Brown (Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain Pointe). Fifteen days before Brown’s commitment on Oct. 14, ESPN 300 running back Tony James (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) made a pledge to the Ducks.