The recruiting buzz inside Koligian Stadium in Fresno’s west side has centered on Utah cornerback commit Jaylon Johnson, wide receiver and Utah State target Malik White and rising Class of 2019 quarterback Trent Tompkins.
Time to add Class of 2018 linebacker Jacob Hollins to Central High’s inflating list of talent.
While his aforementioned Grizzly teammates have either piled the scholarships or shattered school records, Hollins has quietly put together the kind of junior campaign that makes him appealing to college football programs; with Boise State, Cal Poly and Mississippi State already reportedly showing interest in him. Here’s a breakdown.
He’s a big-time hitter in that Grizzly defense. Hollins won’t hesitate to plow his shoulder into a ball carrier like a rock hurtling toward a window. He’s an intimidating presence for running backs or any offensive lineman who has him as a blocking assignment given his tall stature at 6-foot-2. Has been reliable against the run, but has shown a knack for picking up inside routes and disrupting the pass. I noticed he relies more on using his speed to evade blockers but not hand technique. He’ll need to improve his rip and swim move moving forward. He tends to get caught out-of-position sometimes on counter runs, but compensates for that with his closing speed. While he does have his tall stature, he will need to hit the weight room hard this offseason to bulk up from his current 200-pound frame.
FRESNO STATE BREAKDOWN
One of the statements from new head coach Jeff Tedford that resonated with me was how he wants to rebuild Fresno State football’s relationship with Central Valley schools. One perfect place to start is Central High. While the Bulldogs have already lost out on Johnson for 2017, Hollins is one to keep an eye on if you’re FS for the 2018 cycle.