Redemptorist Defensive End Opts for Tech

With Texas Tech's number of scholarships dwindling fast, many of Tech's top targets are feeling the pressure to jump on board fast. This is the case with Baton Rouge (LA) defensive end Jonathan Hollins. With the Red Raiders looking to take two or three defensive ends this year, Hollins decided to become the first.

Louisiana defensive ends have been good to Tech in the past, and Jonathan Hollins, the Baton Rouge (LA) product looks to continue that trend. "I made the decision earlier today [Tuesday]." the rush end said about his commitment to the Red Raiders. Asked what stood out the most about Texas Tech, the 6'4" lineman replied with "The academic program. I like all the coaches. They really care about the athletes. They put a lot of emphasis on the athletic program and the academics as well. They stay on the guys and make them go to tutoring."

Hollins adds to the already filling Red Raider class of 2005. Hollins, who had a host of offers from the likes of "Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Houston, Memphis, Central Florida, Louisiana Tech, and [Louisiana] Lafayette," has the potential to be an immediate impact player.

Hollins reported that he has no other plans to take official visits, with Tech being his only one to take so far. "From the time I visited I knew I would go there. I felt the vibe of the staff and the players too."

Hollins also reported that he took the ACT this past Saturday and is still awaiting the results. "I think I did really well. I'm really close to qualifying."

Hollins team ended their season last Thursday with a State Championship, beating Notre Dame of Crowley by the score of 13-7. Hollins collected, on the year, 43 solo tackles, 56 assists, 6 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, 5 quarterback hurries, 7 pass break-ups, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries.

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