Saturday, 3 July 2010

Delonte Hollowell

Name: Delonte Hollowell

Location: Detroit, Michigan         

Position: CB

Ratings:  Scout – 3*, Rivals – 4*, ESPN – 4*

Recruitment: Michigan was always his dream school, and the Wolverines were one of the first to offer along with Central Michigan. Cass Tech High school has produced a lot of good corners (Dior Mathis, Boubacar Cissoko) and several other UM players such as Will Campbell and Teric Jones, so Delonte felt at home at Michigan. Became the 2nd commit for the class in mid January after a great showing at the Army Combine in San Antonio. Has received a nomination to play in the 2011 game.

Offers: Only Michigan and Central Michigan, but received great interest from MSU and Iowa.

Stats: Listed as 5’8 to 5’9 and around 165lbs, which is small, even for a Cass Tech Corner. His 40 time is slightly worrying, reported times range from high 4.5’s to 4.73, which is slower than average.

ESPN Analysis: If Hollowell had a bit more size he would likely be considered a top national cornerback prospect. Has a well-defined, deceptively strong body but does have marginal height and could struggle to defend the jump-ball versus today's taller college receivers.

Has a polished backpedal and makes quick cuts, transition in and out is solid. Shows good burst to the football and narrows any separation with the receiver quickly. Overall good in coverage, has the ability to read the quarterback and jump the pass in short zones. Top end speed is an issue, but size and strength should be his focus going forward. 

Improvements: Could do with a bit more burst and quickness, and could with growing a few inches during his senior year. All the major recruiting sites say his size is holding him back from being an elite corner.

Film Highlights: Link here 

Final Thoughts: Great in coverage, has performed well at camps this summer, especially the Army game combine. Never shies away from facing the top receivers one on one. Doesn’t have the build to make an immediate impact at the college level, but could develop into a good corner. Cass Tech is a cornerback factory, and after losing out on Dior Mathis last year, its good to get things back on track with Delonte joining Michigan. Getting another top 10 in state recruit should help to calm the fears of a losing battle vs MSU recruiting.

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