Covington’s Marquell Hollins commits to Nicholls State _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Covington quarterback Marquell Hollins eludes a St. Paul's defender last season.

Marquell Hollins hopes to throw a lot of touchdown passes this upcoming season at Covington High School.

Next year, his job will be to stop touchdown passes from happening.

The 6-0, 160-pound Covington standout committed to Nicholls State recently. He is projected to play defensive back in Thibodaux. Hollins said the Colonels were just the right fit.

“When I went there for an unofficial visit, the coaching staff and players treated me like I was already part of the family,” Hollins said. “It is hard to describe. It was just a good fit. When I was there, no matter where I was on campus, it really just felt like home. I really enjoyed myself.”

Hollins said he expects no problems making the transition to defense permanently.

“My goal was simple, and that was to play college football,” he said. “So I’m not worried at all about making the transition to fulltime defensive back. I don’t care what position I play as long as I get to play college football.”

The world of college football recruiting has gotten crazy as of late with decommitments and soft commitments, something Hollins said will not be the case with his pledge to the Colonels.

“I’m going to Nicholls,” he said. “It is locked down. That is the school I’m going to. That is where I want to go. Getting this thing over with (commitment) has been great because the pressure is now off my shoulders too.

“I was nervous early on in the recruiting process. I’m use to it now and glad it is out of the way and I get to concentrate on my senior year and trying to help Covington win as many games as possible.”

Covington coach Greg Salter said Nicholls State is getting a good football player.

“I think (Nicholls State) is getting a kid with a ton of potential,” Salter said. “What he has accomplished thus far with us has provided this collegiate opportunity for him. The great thing about Marquell is he is a kid who is getting better and better. It is a great fit all around for all parties.”

Subbing in for an injured Tyler Smith a year ago, Hollins threw for 349 yards and a touchdown on 23-of-55 passes. He rushed for 202 yards on 31 carries for another touchdown, Hollins also had three pass break-ups and an interception during time in the secondary.

Hollins chose the Colonels over McNeese State, Louisiana-Monroe and Alcorn State. Staying close to home in Thibodaux was a big selling point for him.

“It was very important,” he said. “My grandma only lives 30 minutes from campus. That is the great part about it. My family and friends are going to get the chance to come and see me play each and every week. It is something that I am going to look forward to.”

Hollins is the latest in what has been a slew of Nicholls commitments from the New Orleans area over the past two weeks.

He joins Rummel quarterback Chase Fourcade, De La Salle receiver Christian Booker, Rummel offensive lineman Joe Oliver, and Riverside linebacker Evan Veron.

Players can make their commitments official on Feb. 3, National Signing Day.