However, he now has the option after Notre Dame assistant Kerry Cooks offered the Marshall High (Missouri City, Texas) standout.
"I know a lot (about Notre Dame) because coach Cooks told me just about everything they had to offer," Hollins said. "I know a whole lot about Notre Dame. The graduation rate of the players …I mean, 98 percent out of four years, that's not anything to sneeze at.
"I know the education, how all the games are televised and how they're in the spotlight for football. Those are the things that stood out to me."
Hollins is being recruited to play outside linebacker, so the scheme he plays in is important when looking at a school.
"I would look at scheme and graduation rate," he said. "The 3-4 is what I envision for myself, but if it's a 4-3 scheme I want to be blitzed a lot. I'm not the biggest guy, and I think the (3-4) scheme would complement my explosion.
As a junior, Hollins made 70 tackles, including 15 sacks, had eight quarterback hurries and forced three fumbles.
"Personally, it's my preference to go out of state," Hollins said. "I just want to see the world. I know basically everything Texas has to offer. Players I've gotten to know that have gone away to school, they just always told me how beautiful everything else is, and I just want to experience it."