March 4, 2013
Like White and Carradine, Hollin will be asked to bring the experience he gained in the JUCO ranks to a depth chart that could use a shot of some veteran savy. Of the returning defensive ends on the roster, redshirt sophomore Giorgio Newberry has been in the program the longest following the departures of Bjoern Werner, Carradine, Brandon Jenkins and Toshmon Stevens this off-season.
When he gets to Tallahassee this summer, Hollin will have the opportunity to earn immediate playing time. At 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, he already has the size necessary to deal with Division I offensive tackles and has the experience necessary to help lead a young group.
He also has the skill set to become a pass-rushing force like White and Carradine were before him.
"He's so big and he's so athletic," FSU defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri said. "He's 6-foot-4 [and] he's 275 pounds and when you can stick your foot in the ground and plant and drive and do the things. He tips the ball, he intercepts it, I mean this young man has a ton of ability. He's explosive, he's going to be a force out there and more importantly this man was so excited to come back home and be a part of the Seminoles that it's exciting."
Originally from Miami where he played at Southridge High School, Hollin signed with New Mexico as part of the 2011 class but instead enrolled at ASA College in Brooklyn, N.Y.
At ASA College, Hollin became one of the better JUCO pass rushers in the entire country. He was reportedly offered by Florida State Dec. 2, 2012 and verbal committed eight days later. He took official visits to Kansas (Dec. 7) and FSU (Jan. 11).
"Desmond Hollin, a junior college guy a big body and he can run," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "Out of high school he was a linebacker and receiver that can run in space and you still see some of those skills. Being on the edge, we think that can really help us.”
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