Rollins getting early looks

Aldine Nimitz QB Zerick Rollins, with his predecessor Michael Thomas leaving due to graduation, will take over full-time as the Cougar leader. After a year of taking notes, Rollins is ready for that responsibility. Along the way, he picked up some Division I interest. TPI caught up with Rollins for this recruiting update.

Though he may not have had the big numbers he would have wanted this year, Aldine Nimitz quarterback Zerick Rollins is one of the top junior signal callers in Greater Houston. He has obviously made an impression to college coaches because he is starting to see interest from Division I coaches.

"I am hearing from Oklahoma State, Houston, Iowa, and Nebraska," the 6-3, 170-pound Rollins said. "If I had to name a favorite, it would have to be Oklahoma State."

Rollins got the chance to camp there this past summer and the trip made a good impression on him. So much, that he plans to return this summer as well.

"I went to one of their camps this past summer and got to meet the QB coach," Rollins said. "I like the way they run their offense. I also got the chance to meet Booby Reid and that was cool."

For the last two years, Rollins has been grooming himself to take the reins of the Cougar offense. In a split-time role, he threw for 498 yards and two touchdowns. But no worries. 

During that time, Rollins has spent quite a bit of time under Texas Top 100 athlete Michael Thomas and picked up the flow of the game fairly well. In an interview last month with Thomas, he said, "Rollins is the real deal."

"We run mostly in our offense," Rollins said of the Cougar offense. "But I think I can run and throw. I think of myself as a mobile QB."

Now Rollins said his focus is on taking the SAT and ACT and getting his film out to select colleges.

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