Freshman All-American makes his mark

He was easily one of the top freshman at the JUCO level this past season, but that success hasn't gone to Bakersfield LB/DE Keylon Hollis's head. The 6'2", 240-pound prospect is a terror off the edge and he hopes the success he showed in 2011 and his goal of improving in every area garners him some offers in the very near future...

Hollis prepped at Cypress Creek High School in Houston (Tx.) and was a non-qualifier, so he started looking for a home with a JUCO program and found that with the Renegads.

"Coach (Jeff) Chudy was a big reason I came to Bakersfield," Hollis admitted to recently. "I really like him a lot and how he ran the program here. I also felt like the defense fit me best because of my skill set and how they were going to use me."

As a freshman this past fall, Hollis took like a "duck to water", appearing to be very comfortable and leading the Gades in sacks with 12.5 while also posting 42 tackles and a team-leading 17 tackles-for-loss while earning First Team All-Conference, All-State and All-American honors.

"I felt like I had a good year, but you can always improve," Hollis said. "My best thing is that I'm quicker and faster than pretty much every offensive lineman I face and I have a great 'get off' and that helps me a lot too.

"This year I'm working on my strength a lot because I want to be better against the run, even though I felt like I was pretty good at that too.

"I mainly rushed the quarterback from my linebacker spot this past year and that's probably what I will do again this fall, but I want to be well-rounded even more than I already am and that means I have to keep working hard this offseason to get bigger and stronger and faster if I can."

On the recruiting front, Hollis has yet to speak to college coach but he admits it's still early in the process.

"I haven't talked to anyone yet, but I know my coaches have said that that will take care of itself, I just need to get the work done," Hollis said. "I'm doing well in school and I'm working hard this winter on stuff. I figure that during the spring is when a lot of stuff will start to come in for me."

Hollis is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2012 football season.

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