Junior college defensive end Desmond Hollin has had an impact season at ASA in Brooklyn (NY). In the Carrier Dome Bowl, Hollin stood out as a talent who could make an immediate impact at the FBS level. He recorded two sacks in the game and was the best defensive player on his team. Now he is receiving interest from schools across the country.
Florida State is a big name school and has an impact whenever they offer any prospect. But it was especially big for Hollin who's from Miami (FL). The offer was kind of a dream come true for the talented defensive end.
"I mean, it was great," Hollin admitted. "Growing up in Miami, I was always thinking and wanting an offer from Florida State. So really, I was thinking it was about time. Being from Florida I was real happy. I was surprised, and happy, and excited.
"They told when they offered me that I could be great there. They were saying they really needed me and that I'd fit into their defense. They actually talked to my coaches like a month ago and said they liked me but they didn't offer then. They didn't offer because they didn't know who was staying and stuff."
There are some other schools that have been showing interest in the 6-foot-4 prospect. A few that have been on Hollin for quite awhile.
"Kansas is coming at me real hard," Hollin claimed. "Purdue was coming real hard but they just fired their coach. I'll have to wait and see what happens there. But they were coming at me hard. Marshall is coming at me hard too. They talk to me every change they get so I know they want me. Then with Florida State offering there's a lot of schools coming at me right now."
Visits are an important part of any prospect's decision process. Hollin has set up one visit already and will look to take more as he starts to focus more on his recruitment.
"I'm taking a visit to Kansas this weekend," he said. "Kansas is the only one right now but I'm going to take more. I want to take all my visits and see what the schools are like."
Kansas was one of the first to offer Hollin, and they continue to recruit him hard. They stay in constant contact and let him know how much of a priority he is for them.
"Coach Rob Ianello is recruiting me," Hollin stated. "He's coming at me hard. He makes sure he calls every time he's supposed to call. He talks to my mom a lot. Basically just keeping in touch. He's a guy on that coaching staff I really like. Coach Charlie Weiss I like a lot too. They're recruiting me real hard."
With all of the interest and the recent offer, Hollin is not close to a decision. He is keeping things open minded and will look to decide after completing his visits.
"No, no, no," Hollin announced. "No favorites. I'm keeping things open to everyone right now. I'm going to take all five official visits before I decide. I don't know which schools yet because I'm still seeing what offers come in. Things started picking up about a week ago so I'm really just seeing what happens because schools are just starting to show interest.
"Academics are going to be important for me. And playing time. A lot of people won't talk about playing time, but it's important to me. I'll probably decide after my last visit."