Hollister Expected To Make Immediate Impact

Arizona Western coach Tom Minnick talks about new Arkansas signee Cody Hollister (6-4, 205, 4.5) and the impact he could have for the Razorbacks next season.

If you like Denver Broncos wide receivers Wes Welker and Eric Decker, your going to like Cody Hollister according to the man he played for this past season.

Arizona Western head coach Tom Minnick says that Hollister (6-4, 205, 4.5) - who signed with Arkansas on Wednesday – sure reminds him of them.

"He's just a great football player and reminds me of those Denver wide receivers in that he is always getting open, he is always where he is supposed to be, he always makes the catch and he always made big plays for us," Minnick said. "He is a complete football player and just has a great knowledge of the game of football, is a smart, smart kid and also great athletic ability and great size. He was a mismatch for teams that played against us all season and that's why he caught about 70 passes for us."

Indeed, Hollister, who redshirted a year at Nevada before matriculating to Arizona Western, ended the season officially with 69 catches for 934 yards and 5 touchdowns.

He was a star at Mountain View High School in Bend, Oregon, where he had 136 catches for over 2,308 yards receiving and 30 touchdowns – including a 12-catch, 146-yard performance in the school's first state football championship since 1940.

Hollister had 72 catches for 1,270 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior and with 64 catches for 1,038 yards and 15 more touchdowns as a senior.

"He is a tough, tough kid that will go over the middle for you, that can get deep for you and always, always seems to have separation from the guy covering him and is always there for his quarterback," Minnick said of the young man he says runs a 4.5 40-yard dash.

Hollister had offers from Wyoming and Troy and also late interest from schools such as Indiana, Oregon, Washington and Oregon State per his head coach.

Part of that late interest was because not many schools knew if he would indeed be a mid-term graduate – something he did by taking 24 hours this semester of which six were online courses.

"He's just a brilliant young man who had nearly a 4.0 doing all that," Minnick said. "Lots of schools came running at the end, but Arkansas beat them in here, got him a visit set up and he fell in love with Coach Bielema and going there. There are going to be a lot of schools wishing they had checked in on him earlier than they did."

Minnick used to coach at Joliet Junior College when Bielema was at Wisconsin.

"He called me earlier this year and said this is need, tell me if you have it," Minnick said. "I told him about the two kids that he ended up bringing in for official visits and looks like they are going to work out really well."

Hollister signed with Arkansas on Wednesday while Arizona Western tight end Blake Whiteley (6-5, 240) is down to the Razorbacks and Texas per Minnick.

"I know that Coach Bielema believes that both these guys can come in and not only play, but have major impacts on what his offense can do," Minnick said. "They are both playmakers."

Bielema was able to comment Thursday on both Hollister and Iowa Western offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola (6-5, 315), who both signed with Arkansas on Wednesday as the junior college mid-term graduate signing period opened.

"We are very excited to continue the growth of our Razorback family," Coach Bielema said. "As student-athletes, they will be able to maximize our out-of-season program in addition to having the ability to take part in spring practice. Both of them were full qualifiers out of high school, which was very important to our staff moving forward."

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