Hollins looking forward to Montlake trip

Washington continues to make progress nationally on the recruiting front and one of the top prospects from the Lonestar State, Marshall (Missouri City, Tx.) DE/LB Deon Hollins, told Dawgman.com recently that the Huskies occupy the top spot on his list right now...

Hollins currently has 22 offers, from the likes of schools like Michigan, Arkansas, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford and West Virginia among others, but he said the Huskies hold the top spot.

"I'm very high on Washington. I like them a whole lot," Hollins told Dawgman.com. "Coach (Tosh) Lupoi has really sold me on everything there -- from the school to the direction of the program, everything about it -- I'm really excited about getting up there to see it in person."

As a junior this past fall, Hollins as a beast off the edge, racking up 70 tackles, 15 sacks, 22 tackles-for-loss, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble and earned First Team All-District honors.

"What I do best is I get after the quarterback," Hollin said. "Every school recruiting me wants me at defensive end and honestly, that's fine with me.

"Coach Lupoi has talked to me a lot about how they see using me if I were to end up there. They want me at the rush-end spot, like they used Josh Shirley, and he said they see me as a difference-maker who can get after the quarterback."

Hollins said he plans to visit Washington next month for their Spring Game on the 28th and he said that will go a long way in determining how Washington stacks up to the rest.

"My parents aren't real big on me leaving the state, they want me to stay close, but they said they just want what's best for me," Hollins noted. "Distance isn't a factor for me. More than anything, I just want to see how I fit in with the other players, the direction of the program and and the school and I feel like Washington has everything I'm looking for right now."

In addition to his trip to Washington, Hollins said he also plans to visit Oregon next month as well, but is unsure of when that will happen.

"They are an interesting program because of all of the things they have to offer," Hollins said of Oregon. "They're a top team right now, they've been winning a lot and I've heard a lot of great things about their facilities and their program.

"I'll visit up there at some point, but I'm not sure when."

We will continue to keep track of Hollins and we will update news as it happens.

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