Is Hollins Still Solid With UCLA?

Linebacker Deon Hollins, the highest-ranked recruit currently committed to UCLA, camped with Washington over the weekend and raved about his time in Seattle. Are the Huskies now a major player for the talented pass rusher?

Deon Hollins, a hybrid defensive end/linebacker from Missouri City (Texas) Marshall, committed to the Bruins without ever seeing the campus. There have been rumblings for the past month that his commitment wasn't rock solid and the athlete definitely seemed to be having a good time on his visit to UW.

"The city of Seattle is great and the Washington campus has to be one of the most beautiful places in America," Hollins said. "It's such a serene environment there, very peaceful and I really had a great time. I was a little dinged up so I only worked out on Saturday but I had a great time.

"Tosh Lupoi is recruiting me and I think he's the best DL coach in the country and definitely the hardest working. The players on the team were saying how he gets in to the office at 4:00 AM and is the last one to leave. Since he's not married or anything, all he focuses on is football and he's a total players coach.

"I spent a lot of time with Justin Wilcox as well and we got along great. He's a very smart guy and if he wasn't a football coach, I bet he would be a teacher somewhere. I talked a lot with the players and spent some quality time with Josh Shirley, since they're recruiting me to play the same position as him. He loves it there and talked really high about the staff and the environment."

Seven players committed to the Huskies on Saturday after the morning session workout. There was some chatter going on among some of the campers that Hollins, while not ready to commit, was definitely feeling the Huskies as well. Where does the athlete stand now in regards to his commitment status with the Bruins?

"I'm solid with UCLA, I still feel good about them," Hollins, the 12th-ranked outside linebacker in the nation, said. "I had a great time at Washington and really liked it there but I'm a Bruin. I actually talked with Coach Martin (UCLA DB coach) on the phone when I was out there and I talked with Myles Jack, who just committed to UCLA as well. Myles talked about what a special place UCLA is and how we could do big things together.

"I'm going to try and get out there for an unofficial visit later this month and I also set up an official visit for September when they play Nebraska. I can't wait to get to UCLA and compare to some of these other schools I've seen. I know it's going to be nice but I'm mainly looking for a family atmosphere that feels like home. That's what was cool about Washington, it had that home vibe to it and hopefully I'll feel that at UCLA as well."

Hollins will participate at The Opening on the NIKE Camp in Oregon next week but said he doesn't have any plans to visit any other colleges, other than UCLA, at this time.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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