"Academics are always what you make out of it but UCLA is a very prestigious school and not just one of the best nationally but in the world. I felt a strong connection with Coach Martin, he was the catalyst but I also talked with Coach Ulbrich and coach Spanos and I'm very comfortable with them as well."
The style of defense UCLA plans to run was another selling point.
"They'll be in that 3-4 scheme and that's what we do in high school," Hollins said. "I'll play outside linebacker but will be able to rush the passer and that's one of my strengths. I'll be able to drop in to coverage though and show off my athleticism a little and from a scheme standpoint, it's a just a natural fit.
"I haven't been to the campus yet but I'm going with my family in mid-April and I'm excited to check things out. When I talked with Coach Ulbrich, he was telling me that they really liked me a lot and would stop recruiting my position if I committed. I liked UCLA and didn't want to lose that spot so I wanted to jump on it."
Hollins did say he wanted to still take his visits and wanted to keep all his options open.
"I still want to take my trips," Hollins said. "I'm still looking at Washington, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Boise State and Oregon. I'm feeling good about UCLA though, my commitment is solid. Like I said, it was just the best fit for me and I'm excited to be a Bruin."
Hollins had a big junior season totaling 70 tackles, 22 for loss with 15 quarterback sacks. He's currently rated a four star prospect and the No. 187 player in the nation. He'll be at the NIKE Camp in Texas this weekend and could see his stock rise dramatically over the spring/summer.
Along with the Bruins and the above mentioned schools he may visit, Hollins also had offers from schools like Arizona, Kansas State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Texas Tech and West Virginia.
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