JUCO middle linebacker likes Bama

During his tenure at Washington State, in most years new Tide Head Coach Mike Price made a habit of signing a few key junior college athletes. <br><br>Middle linebacker Kenneth Hollis of East Community College is interested in the Tide.

At 6-1, 240 pounds, Kenneth Hollis is a physical presence from his middle backer position. When scouts describe the style of play of this star middle linebacker, they're tempted to steal the title of a movie and call him "Sudden Impact."

Hollis has always had a reputation as a massive hitter, but when you add the additional size and bulk that he has amassed during his junior college tenure, then you can picture the sudden impact on collisions.

A pre-season junior college All American, Hollis lived up to his billing. He finished his sophomore campaign in junior college with over 90 tackles and 6 sacks. Hollis ended the season as the No. 1 tackler among Mississippi junior colleges, plus he finished fifth nationally in that category.

According to his coaches Hollis blankets the entire field, patrolling the defense as a leader. The middle linebacker has been timed as fast as 4.52 in the 40-yard dash.

He originally signed with Tuskegee University before going the JUCO route. In high school Holllis had well over 100 tackles his senior year at Minor High School in Adamsville, Alabama.

Hollis bench presses 315 pounds, squats 500, and power cleans 285.

He carries a 2.9 GPA in the classroom and will graduate in May, leaving him three seasons remaining to play two years of football.

Hollis has already visited LSU (December). He has scheduled official visits to Ole Miss (1-10), Auburn (1-17), and Georgia (1-24). He would like to visit Alabama on January 31. Mississippi State is also in contention.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Tide would probably prefer to use most of its scholarships on high school athletes, allowing five seasons to develop the player. However, his history indicates that if recruiting at a particular position doesn't fall Bama's way Coach Price will not hesitate to bring in talented junior college recruits.


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