He was the new guy last season who was chosen to the lead the team at the most important position. Now with that experience behind him, Sugar Land (Tex.) Hightower quarterback Neiko Hollins is ready for a junior season where he looks to make a significant jump.
Even though last year was quite impressive in its own right.
"I did good. I helped the team win and we went two rounds deep in the playoffs," Hollins said. "I felt like I stepped up as the sophomore leader. I produced with the passing offense and that helped the offensive line."
The results would show that the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Hollins is correct. He racked up over 800 yards of offense and scored nine touchdowns. These numbers were enough to get him a few looks from some heavy-hitter college football programs.
Still, the 2016 athlete seeks his first offer.
"I got couple letters from Oregon. Kentucky and Houston like me, and Texas Tech came through (to school)," Hollins said. "I'd say that my recruiting process has started."
Hollins said that his leadership skills was something coaches notice when they came practice. Of course, he said that footwork and accuracy were a few other attributes of his game the coaches liked.
Going forward, before the start of next year, Hollins said he wanted to improve on all of the things that the college coaches said they liked. But physically, he would also like to start the next season looking a little batter as well.
"I'm working on strength because I want to be 205 by the start of the season. Also want to be bigger and faster, starting with getting my 40-yard (run) time down," Hollins said.