NUC Houston DEF: Watch for Hollins in 2013

Saturday afternoon featured hundreds of players from the Greater Houston area and beyond for the Schuman National Underclassman Combine. Hosted by NUC at Fort Bend Baptist Academy, the upcoming juniors were out flying around making plays. Here are a few defenders who are noteworthy of mention.

Of the more than 150 future junior players on hand for the Schuman National Underclassman Combine in Houston, Texas, only a handful made the cut for's top players. Here are a few of the defensive standouts.

DE Deon Hollins (6-2, 215)
From the defensive end position, it was a consensus from the offensive and defensive line coaches that Hollins is the truth. He was described as a player who was explosive, quick and physical. In one-on-one drills, he was able to get to the outside majority of the time. Basically, there were no doubts from the coaches he will play on Saturday's. But for now, he will be playing for the Marshall program in Missouri City after making the move from the Houston ISD program Yates. He was in on 70 tackles and 8.5 sacks last year for the Lions. 

CB Antwuan Davis (6-0, 171)
Best athlete on the field, period. One could argue that he was the best for the two days combined, with the older kids coming on the Sunday. Davis, who is from the Austin area Del Valle program, was a physical kid when it came to one-on-one coverage as he can jam with the best of them. Even against the top receivers at the camp, Davis had many of them frustrated, as they were not able to even get three yards up the field because he was in their grill so hard. He covered well and showed good feet when breaking on the routes. On top of that, he was the fastest player in the 40-yard (4.39) and had a nice shuttle (4.32) as well. Remember this name.

S Nichorian Mardis (5-11, 196)
Though his position coach labeled him as "raw," it was clear that this kid should make some things happen in the fall. Sure enough, this is a skilled combine with limited contact, but Mardis only knows one way and that is to bring it. He looked good in coverage of the backs, as he is built much like a linebacker. After a few more camps and working with coaches on his technique, Mardis could be an all-out stud. Look out for him. He had 65 tackles and three sacks last season for the Westbury team.

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