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Monday, December 10, 2012
Juco DE Hollin commits to Florida State

By Corey Dowlar

Desmond Hollin, a juco defensive end out of ASA College in New York, has committed to Florida State.

Hollin, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound prospect originally from Miami's Southridge High School, was offered a scholarship by the Seminoles on Dec. 2. At the time, he said he was a going to wait to make his decision, but did admit Florida State was on top of his list.

Eight days later, he chose FSU over Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana-Lafayette, Marshall and Purdue. Other schools, including Rutgers and Tennessee, also were involved.

"He was a Dade County kid and he grew up a Florida State fan, so it was one of his dream schools growing up," ASA head coach Dennis Orlando said. "That was really it once they offered."

Florida State stands to lose Bjoern Werner, Tank Carradine and Brandon Jenkins to the NFL Draft this spring. So finding some physically ready players at the position was, and continues to be, a priority.

Hollin figures to be able to play immediately.

"That's no high school kid they are bringing in now," Orlando said. "He's a grown man.

"He's got an explosive first step. He is 6-4, 265 right now. He has a high football IQ. He's just a great all-around player. He is a beast against the run, he can get after the quarterback. He is just an all-around player. I think he will keep getting bigger. He will probably hit the ceiling at around 270 next year."

The Seminoles' new commitment should have two full seasons to play in Tallahassee. That should happen after this upcoming spring.

Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga./Chamblee) is the Seminoles' other commitment at defensive end for the Class of 2013. FSU could end up taking a third defensive end before national signing day in February.

James Coley was Florida State's primary recruiter of Hollin.