Hollins one step closer

It wasn't just California products OU hosted this weekend. Arlington (Texas) Martin defensive end Justin Hollins has been high on OU's board for a long time.

Going into his official visit to Oklahoma, Arlington (Texas) Martin defensive end Justin Hollins wasn't sure what to expect for a game day atmosphere.

Hollins is no stranger to OU's campus, having already made two visits since the summer. But Saturday marked his first trip for a Sooners home game.

It left a nice impression.

"It was great," Hollins said. "It showed me what the environment is like for a game day. The game was my favorite part of the visit. That was something."

The visit was the next part of a process for the three-star recruit. He visited Oregon last month and right now there's nothing really to differentiate between the Ducks and Sooners.

But a commitment never entered his mind because he still wants to see a couple of more schools before making his decision. He wants to see Missouri and Oregon State although he has no idea when he will be able to set up those visits.

As for the OU visit, he was hosted by defensive lineman Chuka Ndulue, who talked to him about how the relationships are between the players and coaches.

OU seemed like it might be slipping with Hollins, but OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery showed how much the Sooners are interested by showing up a couple of weeks ago.

"He's a nice guy and knows what he's talking about," Hollins said. "He's one of the best coaches out there."

It has been a crazy few months for Hollins. He started the season at Arlington Grace Prep before transferring to Arlington Martin late in the summer.

A relative unknown heading into the spring, Hollins' recruiting stock has soared since that point. His speed combined with his 6-foot-5 frame has made him hot commodity. OU was among the first schools to offer him in the spring. Hollins also camped at OU in June.

"It actually hasn't been as tough as it seems," said Hollins about balancing everything. "Football is football. Recruiting is recruiting. Everything has its place."

Hollins said he hopes to have a decision before Christmas and said there is no favorite between OU and Oregon. He said the coach-player relationship to go along with academics and the environment will play a role in his decision.

The Sooners gave their best effort in a 20-17 victory against TCU.

"The defense did a great job," Hollins said. "They were getting after the quarterback all night. I enjoyed it."

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