Interview with Desmond Hollin: Former Southridge Standout and FSU Defensive Lineman


Desmond Hollin is a six-foot-three-inch, 285-pound defensive lineman out of Miami, Florida. Hollin played his high school football for the Southridge Spartans contributing at the defensive end and wide receiver position. In his senior year at Southridge he became an All-Dade selection leading the county in sacks with 21.

Hollin subsequently attended ASA College in New York and performed admirably in his tenure there. Hollin collected 37 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and an interception in is final season at ASA College. Following his performance during the 2012 season, 247Sports rated him the 15th-best prospect at defensive end and a top-150 JUCO player.

With offers from Kansas, Kentucky and others, Hollin ultimately chose to attend Florida State. In 2013, he was chosen to play a variety of positions along a multitude of defensive fronts and helped his team capture a national championship.

In 2014 Hollin continued to display his versatility as he contributed as a defensive end, as well as a classic three-technique in an under front. He also had his best game as a Seminole in the ACC Championship Game recording a personal-best seven tackles in a single game.

Throughout his time at Florida State, Hollin has proven that he is tremendously athletic for his size, exceptionally energetic and is capable of maintaining effectiveness at a myriad of positions. He also does a great job of striking offensive linemen first, which enables him to quickly defeat blockers.

Hollin has the tools to achieve sustained success in the NFL, and as a result of his athleticism and versatility, he is not scheme dependent. Hollin hopes to earn an opportunity to prove his worth to an NFL franchise in the very near future. If he’s given the reps necessary to showcase his ability, he could have a productive career in the NFL.

I had the opportunity to speak with Desmond Hollin about his time at Florida State, feedback from his pro day and who he patterns his game after.


Brandon Howard joined the Sports Talk Florida team to cover the Miami Dolphins in April 2017 and will work diligently to provide daily Dolphins content and give accurate analysis of the roster, coaching and front office. Last season, Howard was the curator of content for Miami Dolphins Wire/ USA Today while aggregating high school sports results in Broward and Palm Beach counties for the Sun Sentinel. Prior to moving to South Florida Howard developed NFL content for Pro Player Insiders while covering the Cleveland Browns from 2014-2015. Howard, a Columbus, Ohio native graduated from West Virginia in 2004 in Athletic Coaching and Education. He also was a scholarship track and field athlete and walk-on football player. Howard was the 2003 Big East Long and IC4A long jump Champion and was a provisional national qualifier in the event. He also maintained his status as a member of the Athletic Director Academic Honor Roll during his time as a Mountaineer.