Hollins wreaks havoc up front for Canyons

College of the Canyons has one of the top defensive lines in the entire country this year. One of the leaders of their defensive front four is DE/DT Jonathan Hollins (6-3, 273) and he took part in our Mississippi combine this past weekend and he updated us on his offseason as well as what schools he's getting the most interest from at this point and time.

"It rained pretty hard the whole time during our camp, but we still had fun," Hollins told JCFootball.com about his experience this past weekend. "I did pretty well, but I wasn't real happy with my times overall.

"I usually run a 4.8, but I ran slower than that in the rain and I only had a 25-inch vertical, but I did it on the sticks last week and it was 30, so I didn't do as good as I hoped I would do."

Hollins is currently back home in Louisiana, where he had a standout prep career.

"I came home to take some classes and do some stuff with my family," Hollins said. "I'm going back to Canyons in June to work out with my teammates and stuff, but I just had some family stuff I had to take care of back here."

After he finished his high school career at Redemptorist High School in Baton Rouge, Hollins headed to Hargrave Military Academy, but things didn't work out.

"I had some financial issues that I couldn't get settled, so I got linked up with Canyons," Hollins recalled. "The coaches out here were great. They were really caring and showed me what I needed to do to get to the next level and that's my ultimate goal."

As a freshman in 2007, Hollins had a great season posting 31 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries in only nine games. He also was named First Team All-Western States Conference for his efforts.

"I played mostly end, but I played some D-Tackle too," Hollins said. "It just depended on the situation and how our coaches wanted to use me.

"This offseason I've been working really hard on my conditioning and being dominant the whole game. I want to be in on every down and be as strong at the end of the game as I am the beginning of the game. I want to be physical on every play and that's really what I'm focused on and working on."

On the recruiting front, Hollins is already hearing from several schools and one in particular has risen to the top.

"Texas Tech is my leader," Hollins said. "I signed with them out of high school and they are the school I've wanted to go to.

"I have a really good relationship with the coaches there and I just talked to them last week and they said it looks good for me to get an offer again, but I haven't gotten anything official."

The other schools recruiting Hollins at this point are Florida, Clemson and Oklahoma.

"My coaches said I have over 100 letters back at school, so I'm hearing from a lot of schools," Hollins said. "Most are asking for tape, transcripts and they're telling my coaches they are going to be watching me this fall."

Hollins will graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two following he season.

We'll continue to track his progress and update things as they happen.

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