After signing with K-State earlier this year, Hollis, a 6-1, 185-pound defensive back, realized he might one day get to play with his likeness on the NCAA game.
"That is basically what we have been talking about for a while," Hollis said. "We are going to be on the video games."
Yes, it is a possibility and a perk that comes with playing D-1 football.
Then again, everything will have a little purple in it the next few years for Hollis. His life will become K-State football and school in Manhattan. He will report for summer workouts on June 1, which follows a successful high school athletics career. Hollis was a star football player at Gilmer High School, which is in Gilmer, Texas, about two hours east of Dallas.
He lettered three years and started two for the Buckeyes. He helped Gilmer win the 2004 Texas 3A Division II state title. At the school, Hollis had 82 receptions for almost 1,000 yards. Last season, he tied the single-season touchdown record with 13. He also played outside linebacker and safety on defense.
Hollis is one of seven incoming players from Texas. He said playing high school football in Texas is awesome. He played to 4,000 or 5,000 home fans a game. In the playoffs, the crowds would approach 20,000.
He played with and against a lot of Division 1 caliber athletes and said it was good competition, which hopefully helped prepare him for college football.
"I think it will be a lot faster pace, but I think that I am prepared for it in the same aspect," Hollis said.
In addition to football, Hollis played basketball and ran track. Two weeks ago, Hollis finished third at a regional track meet and missed qualifying for the state track meet by .04 of a second.
"It is disappointing, that was my fourth year going to regionals," he said. With his high school athletics career behind him, Hollis is preparing for K-State. He is trying to gain weight by eating 6,000 calories a day. The diet includes a lot of steak, pasta and protein.
He is lifting weights and running four times a week. Hollis said he hasn't received any indication of whether or not he will redshirt next season. He is likely to play free safety. He likes the position better than strong safety because it gives him more chances to play passing routes.
"I would say that I am a pretty good cover guy," he said. "I enjoy forcing the ball a lot and playing down hill." Hollis decided to attend K-State last summer. "I went to camp there in July and pretty much since then I committed," he said. "I liked the coaches.
Coach Bobby Elliott was a lot like our defensive back coach, the one I had in high school." Hollis also likes the tradition that K-State has established under head coach Bill Snyder over the last decade and is eager to play for Elliott.
"Yeah, I am real excited at this point," Hollis said.
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