Wildcats pick up Fourth Commitment
Wildcats pick up Fourth Commit
by Sean Kelly
The Wildcats and the Sooners met again this past week in the small town of Gilmer, Texas and each walked away with a trophy. You mention the town of Gilmer and most fans that follow recruiting will immediately recognize the name Manuel Johnson, the standout wide receiver that recently committed to the Oklahoma Sooners this past week. When the dust settled this time around, the Cats and the Sooners stood even at one apiece, commits that is.
Now you can add the name of Kevin Hollis to the list of big time players from Gilmer who have committed to play their college football in the Big 12. This Tuesday, Kevin called the coaching staff in Manhattan and committed to playing for the Big 12 Conference Champion Kansas State Wildcats.
Kevin tripped to Kansas State's most recent camp and came away impressed with the program, the coaches and wanting to be part of the Wildcat family.
"It's official now. I'm a Wildcat."
So how did this all go down?
"After I came back from camp, I think it was on that Friday after the camp that they offered…..I came back from the camp and was hoping that they would offer. Once I got the offer, I spoke with my parents and stuff and they were alright with it. And I talked with my coach and he told me ‘I'd go ahead and do it'."
Hollis, who projects at Strong Safety for the Cats, chose K-State over scholarship offers from Nebraska, Duke, Mississippi State, with interest from the Oklahoma Sooners and OSU Cowboys.
"I just liked the environment and the coaches up there. It's a real good environment up there and based on the way they play it was right for me. I really got along with Coach Elliot well when I was up there and I got to talk to Coach Snyder. I liked the atmosphere there and the coaches."
At roughly 6'1 and closing in on 190 pounds, Kevin is capable of playing either Safety spot but says he would prefer to play at the Strong Safety position and likes what the Cats offer on defense.
"I really want to play Safety and play in the backfield. I can play either position at safety but I want to play strong. I like their defense too. They have the same defense we do. The defense we run is the same that they run and I think I can really fit into what they are doing. I knew after camp that I could play there."
As for playing time, Hollis says he is going to take the wait and see approach and find out what the team needs first.
"I am excited to play but right now it's like up in the air. I would like to play but I on the other hand I would like a year to get bigger and more physical. My family and I are all really excited about it and I am really looking forward to playing for them."
And then there is the budding rivalry with his current teammate Manuel Johnson. When I spoke with Kevin he chuckled at the prospect of playing against Johnson and matching up against him whenever the Cats face off against the Sooners.
"Yes, sir. We talk about playing against each other a lot. I am looking forward to playing against him. That is like the big talk around the fieldhouse and stuff. We talk about it a lot, maybe getting out there against each other."
Interesting enough is that a large part of the success Johnson will have this year as a Wide Receiver will be directly attributable to Hollis. Kevin will be suiting up as the starting quarterback for Gilmer this year and then lining up to play Safety on defense for them as well. Last year, Kevin did it all for his high school team racking up 462 yards and 6 touchdowns through the air at the WR position and then toting the ball for another 379 yards and three touchdowns as the reserve quarterback.
On defense, the athletic safety picked off 4 interceptions and racked up an impressive 67 tackles en route to first-team all-district honors. As for Wildcat fans, Hollis says he has no plans to take in any other camps this summer and wanted to leave Wildcat fans with this message.
"Just let them know that I play really hard. I am excited to be going there."
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