Muir center has one more trip to make

Dawgman.com caught up with Ryan Hollins, the 6-11, 210-pound center prospect from Pasadena (Calif.) Muir, and Hollins was expected to take a trip to UCLA this weekend but decided on a mid-week visit instead. Once the results of that unofficial visit are known, a decision on his college choice shouldn't be far behind.

"I'm going to check out UCLA on Wednesday," Hollins said last night. "I want to see how the coaches react to the players and the resources they have. I want to talk to their strength coach. I know they already have great academics."

The Bruins have officially offered Ryan. The other school in the Hollins sweepstakes is the University of Washington, a school he officially visited last weekend. "It was an OK visit, it was real cool up there," he said. "It left a good impression on me."

Marlon Shelton was his host, and he spent a lot of time talking to Jeff Day and Will Conroy. "All the guys were cool up there," Hollins said. "They all seemed to be on the same page. They really want to turn that program around. They kept telling me that I have a lot of opportunities up there and that they are working hard to change things. I saw their individual workouts and they were working their butts off! They are going to be a good team."

Ryan also took the opportunity to re-connect with the coach that initially recruited him to Saint Louis University, new Husky hoops coach Lorenzo Romar. "It was kind of a weird position to be in," Hollins said of his reunion with Romar. "But it was still cool. He's not just a coach to me, he's a good friend, and we spent a lot of time together, talking. He let me know that there's a chance to be successful playing up there. We're so familiar with each other. He knows what works for me and what doesn't. He just told me that I've got to make it happen."

It isn't going to happen until he takes that visit to Westwood. "I've got to go up there so I can compare the two schools. It's tempting to stay close to home. I've always lived in Pasadena and it's all that I know. But the way I look at it, I can't lose at any of the schools I'm looking at. I can't deny that I want to play for Coach Romar, but I also can't deny that it would be nice to stay home and play for the Bruins. I've got a lot to think about."

If he had to make a decision today? "I just don't know," he said. "It's driving me crazy!"

Hollins expects to have a final decision either Thursday or Friday. We'll keep you posted.

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