Hollowell Hopes for Rodriguez-led UM

The Detroit Cass Tech (MI) pipeline to the Wolverines continues with Delonte Hollowell. The youngster too his official visit over the weekend, and despite the constant rumors about Rich Rodriguez's job status the three-star corner's belief in the coach that recruited him is unshakable. As a matter of fact it's so strong that he plans to work overtime to get others to join him in the fold.

Delonte Hollowell and his Detroit Cass Tech (MI) Technicians fell in heart breaking and dramatic fashion in the state semi-finals a few weeks back. Despite that disappointment, he is still able to take some positives away from a strong senior performance.

"As an individual I finished off real strong," Hollowell told GoBlueWolverine. "But this isn't an individual sport. The team finished strong and I was a captain of this team. My goal was to lead our team to our goal of winning and we won but we didn't come out with the outcome we wanted. As a team we did great and I feel that I will be remembered and that's a good thing."

A fixture in Ann Arbor courtesy of unofficial visits over the last few years, Hollowell finally took in his official visit last weekend. He did, however, experience one new thing.

"I've been up to Michigan a lot as everyone knows," he said. "The only thing different for me this time was the free food (laughter). That was the only thing different. I'm looking forward to some more food. The thing that interested me the most is the academics and the coaching staff that Michigan has. Playing for that staff and going to Michigan in and of itself is a plus."

Hosting Hollowell for his weekend visit was another Detroit area star turned Wolverine.

"Devin Gardner was my host," Hollowell reported. "With the social part, we just talked about the season. Devin and I are familiar with each other. We grew up together, as in going to camps and playing against each other in PAL. We're good friends. Basically everything was the same. He showed me the dorm rooms and around campus and we just kicked it. I enjoyed it."

While Hollowell is extremely familiar with Ann Arbor and what the Maize & Blue has to offer, some of his fellow recruits weren't. The future Wolverine was more than happy to bring them up to speed.

"Actually Wayne Lyons was with Denard Robinson and Denard and Devin are roommates. We we were all together at the same time. Everything we did, we did together. We were just talking about high school. I was just doing a little recruiting myself, telling him how good Michigan was for me and that the coaches, how they've been good to me and good to Thomas Gordon, Teric Jones and all the other individuals. Just doing a little recruiting (laughter)."

"Wayne really liked it. Everything we did around campus Wayne was just saying ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, Go Blue!' He was all the way for it. As a commitment thing, I would say it's like 60 or 70 percent chance the he would commit. I'm not sure what he's going to do or what he likes about the other schools, but he really likes it up here and he'd be glad to play in the Big Ten for Michigan."

Whether Rich Rodriguez will still be Michigan's coach at that point has been the source of rampant speculation in recent weeks. For his part, Hollowell remains steadfast in his support of the man that recruited him.

"I'm going to tell you like I tell everyone else," Hollowell said firmly. "In my point of view, I think Coach Rod is coming back. I think it would be stupid if he didn't because he's a great coach. We don't want to start over. Coach Rod is building his program and I think within the next years we will have contender's national championship wise. If it's the case he left, and I don't think he is, it wouldn't affect me because I'm not just there for football. I'm there for academics too. Academics are the first thing in my life and without them I wouldn't be the football player where I'm at today. If anything were to happen, I'd still be a Michigan Man for life."

In the months leading up to the start of his Michigan career Hollowell will shift his athletic focus toward another sport that will help his college readiness.

"Right now I'm running indoor track. I actually just got done working out. Everyone else is gone. I'm always the last one leaving the gym. I want to make sure I'm the last one out of the weight room and that I'm working hard."

Though he has taken his official, Hollowell will still be around Ann Arbor and will continue to recruit for the Wolverines. As a matter of fact he plans to lend his services this weekend..

"I think I'm going to be down there this Saturday (for the Big Chill)," he said. "I'm going to tell other kids about the academic program first. Michigan has a lot to offer. A Michigan degree is one of the best degree's ever. Not everyone makes it to the NFL, so they need to look after football. I'm going to ask them what they think about after football. Everyone could go to a D-1 school, but what are they going to have something to fall back on? I won't talk too much about football, but I'll talk about the coaches and the players and what this coaching staff provides."

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