The battle was still fresh in the mind of Detroit Northwestern cornerback Anthony Hollis. Just days earlier at the Purdue Nike Camp he had turned the heads of a number of college coaches when he mauled MVP-winning receiver Corey Johnson in one-on-one drills. At that point in the camp, it was put up or shut up time for the Motor City youngster.
“I had messed my ankle up that day, so the first play I kind of got killed by one of the receivers,” Hollis recalled. “Once they told me I could press I had some making up to do, so I was just taking it out on everybody that lined up across from me. It just happened to be him that time. It just took me a minute to get warmed up and once I got warmed up it was all fun then. He was pretty cool about it. He just said, ‘man you got me.’”
Hollis’ recruitment had been slow for much of the winter, but has been picking up this spring with more and more schools inquiring about him. Iowa, Central Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ball State have all expressed interest. He has found all of the attention somewhat surprising.
“Growing up I really didn’t expect to be in the position I’m in right now,” admitted Hollis. “I played football in my neighborhood, but I never thought I would be like this.”
Michigan is one of the programs that Hollis has his eye on, and the Wolverines have informed him that they are keeping tabs on his progress.
“I went to the spring game,” he said. “It was real exciting. I talked to Ron English, the defensive coordinator. They said they needed some corners. They said that if I was really thinking about coming there I’ve got to like to play a lot of man to man because that’s what they do. They were just telling me to get my scores right so I can send in my transcript. They said they were expecting to see me at the camp again. I went last year and I balled out.”
The Green & White has put out feelers for Hollis as well. He hopes to learn more about the Spartans’ program in the coming months.
“They haven’t really talked to me a whole lot,” Hollis said regarding Michigan State, but one of the recruiters came up to the school. They want me to come to their camp too, so I’ll try to go to that.”
As far as out-of-state schools go, one Big Ten school really stands out in this talented youngster’s mind.
“I really like Wisconsin,” said Hollis. “They talked to my coach. They said they really like me too. They want some film.”
With only one offer from Ball State at this point in time, Hollis is content to take a patient approach to his recruitment. A verdict on which school he will attend is likely still months away.
“I plan to take some visits first,” Hollis said. “I’m
trying to wait and just see how this season goes and then make my decision.
If I have a good season I’ll probably get more offers than what I’m
getting now. I want to go somewhere that fits me. I want to go somewhere where
I have a chance to start my freshman year if I go up there and ball out. That’s
the top thing on my list.”