Hollins Plans Notre Dame Visit

UCLA's committed linebacker, Deon Hollins, says he'll take official visits to a few schools, and one of those he plans to see is Notre Dame...

Marshall High (Missouri City, Texas) defensive end Deon Hollins said in February he believed his talents fit a 3-4 defense, and that is what Notre Dame continues to sell the UCLAcommit.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Hollins said he remained "solid" with UCLA, but he is looking at several other schools to make sure he has the right fit. And one of those schools is Notre Dame, where he remains in contact with coach Brian Kelly.

"I've been talking to coach Kelly, and I've always liked Notre Dame," Hollins said. "I'm trying to get an official visit set up. It would be during the season. I think it would be better to have it after the season, but that is when they were trying to get it set.

"My mom always said to look things over. I still see Notre Dame as a place I could play at."

Hollins is an on-the-edge player who would likely fit in as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

As a junior he showed his ability to get to the quarterback time and again, registering 15 sacks and 22 tackles for loss. He finished with 70 tackles, forced two fumbles and recovered one.

Hollins will bring a high level of athleticism to any program, and that is something Kelly is selling in the recruitment.

"He said I would be an asset to the program," Hollins said. "He said I'm the kind of athlete Notre Dame likes, and he needs those kinds of players."

Kelly isn't the only person with Notre Dame connections staying in contact with Hollins.

During his recent trip to The Opening, Hollins spent a lot of time speaking with a number of the committed Notre Dame players at the event. At the top of the list was five-star outside linebacker Jaylon Smith.

"It's the tradition their program has," Hollins said on why he is interested in the Irish. "I talked to a couple of players that are going there, like Jaylon Smith and some other guys, and they say it's a great place to be around."

Smith also had a recruiting pitch.

"He said just the players they were bringing in, and they could do something real big," Hollins said. "They said how it's a private school so they have their own funding. Just different things like that."

In addition to Notre Dame, the UCLA commit said he is looking at Washington and Utah.

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