Hollis Opens Eyes at Nike

Detroit Northwestern corner Anthony Hollis hadn't been getting as much pub as other Motor City prospects over the past few months, but after his showing at last weekend's Nike camp, that may soon change. Despite having to fight through the pain of an injury, he managed to turn in one of the better performances by a defensive back on the day.

Every year the football camp and combine circuit serves as a coming out party for a number of talented athletes, and 2008 should be no different. One of the youngsters that could possibly see last weekend’s Purdue Nike Camp serve as his springboard to more recognition is Detroit Northwestern corner Anthony Hollis. The 5-9, 175 pound defensive back showed impressive quickness and played with the kind of edge and swagger necessary to succeed out on the island. A slight injury slowed him down midway through the camp, but his competitiveness and love for contact more helped him not miss a beat.

“It was good,” Hollis said recalling the camp experience. “There were a couple of competitive drills. Once we got to the one-on-ones I rolled my ankle a little bit, so I got a ball caught on me. But once they said we could come up and jam the receivers I got back on it!”

The receiver that caught the brunt of Hollis’ defensive fire was the position’s MVP during the camp, Muskegon’s Corey Johnson. “CoJo” was one of the more effective wideouts at getting deep on the day, and he commanded respect from many of the DB’s he faced because of it. Hollis, however, was not intimidated. He stepped to the line against the talented pass catcher and delivered a ferocious jam that knocked Johnson back off of the line. When surprised receiver tried to gather himself and escape, Hollis got more aggressive and drove his opponent right off of his feet and onto his back.

Hollis followed the impressive display with a little smack talk. That combined with the cheers and jeers from the sideline prompted the smiling Johnson to call his opponent back to the line for an immediate redo. Hollis was more than happy to oblige. Another jolting jam was delivered, but this time Johnson did a much better job of matching the physicality… allowing him to escape. Hollis recovered well, though, demonstrating good trail technique on Johnson’s crossing pattern and closed the gap between he and his man to help disrupt the play. For Hollis it was par for the course. It wasn’t the first time he stepped up to the challenge against a talked-about counterpart.

Fred Smith… that was the battle of the year, so today was nothing new,” Hollis said regarding his two interception performance in a 12-7 loss to Detroit Southeastern. “Off of that game we both got a lot of colleges looking at us. We both pushed it out. It was interesting.”

Hollis finished the season with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Before the camp he was fielding interest from Ball State, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, and Illinois.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for more from Hollis, including the current status of his recruitment.

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