Hollins and Dixon to attend LSU Junior Day

When Les Miles hosts his first junior day at LSU this weekend there will be recruits from all over Louisiana and bordering states flocking to campus.<br><br> Two prospects that are scheduled to be in attendance is the Baton Rouge (La.) Redemptorist tandem of defensive end Jonathan Hollins and receiver Toren Dixon.

Hollins, a 6-4, 240-pounder with 4.7-speed, will be one of the more heavily recruited defensive ends in the state for 2006. His name began to surface after his junior season when he totaled 91 tackles and nine sacks.

The post-season awards were plentiful for Hollins as he took home first team All-State honors and was named his district co-defensive MVP. Now that he has decided to give up basketball to focus solely on football there could be many more awards coming his way next season.

What makes Hollins such a talented player?

"One thing is his speed," said Redemptorist head coach Guy Mistretta. "Probably his best asset is his ability to rush the passer and get after them. He has a good first step and exceptional quickness. We also have a pretty good defensive line coach in Byron Dawson, who used to be at LSU. He was tutored under a pretty good coach in Pete Jenkins so he knows what he is doing."

Some college coaches believe Hollins could move to linebacker at the next level and Mistretta said he thinks he has what it takes to make the move.

"I'm talking to Jimbo (Fisher) this afternoon because after they watched his film they think he could play linebacker too," Mistretta said. "He is very athletic and he has good feet too. I think he could play standing up because he is so quick and he moves to the ball."

Mistretta said he believes Hollins will qualify if he can get a qualifying test score because his GPA will be fine.

Joining Hollins at junior day will be Dixon (6-2, 190, 4.58) and he is a player that has all of the makings of a Division-I player.

Dixon has good size, good hands and is very athletic. He only hauled in 17 passes for 231 yards as a junior but his production was limited because of the Wolves' offensive philosophy.

"The thing with Toren is he didn't get a lot of passes thrown to him because of the offense we ran," said Mistretta. "Next year we are running a spread offense similar to what Utah was doing so I expect a lot more out of him."

Mistretta said Dixon is an excellent student with a 3.26 GPA and he will take the ACT in April for the first time.

Sonny's Take: Hollins is very raw because he has not spent a lot of time in the weight room. It's hard to imagine that this kid accomplished so much last season on athletic ability alone. Give him a good solid year in the weight room then I think we will see just how good he can be. Dixon could be a surprise this year if gets more passes thrown his way but the thing that will elevate his stock the most is some impressive performances at camps and combines.

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