George County football’s Ashton Hollins signs with Illinois

George County quarterback Ashton Hollins put pen to paper as an athlete with the University of Illinois.

A transfer out of Mary ‘G’ Montgomery High School in Alabama over the summer, Hollins was offered by the Fighting Illini in June before he ever played a regular season down for the Rebels.

The three-star recruit would go on to account for 15 touchdowns prior to tearing his left ACL in a late-season game against Picayune.

But all the while, Hollins staying rock solid on what turned out to be his first and only division I offer and Illinois staying rock solid on him. “I mean when we went up there on the official visit, they made us fall in love with the place, the family environment, they really did a good job with all of that, and it just made me want to stick with my commitment. So, you always dream of this moment, and to have it finally come true, like I said, it’s just pretty surreal.”

George County Head Football Coach James Ray said, “McKinnley Jackson – I think he had 30-something offers – well, while they were here looking at him, they noticed M.J. Well, who’s that guy? And then when M.J. – when they were here watching him, then noticed, well, who’s MoJo? And then they’re here watching MoJo – well, who’s this big tall quarterback? So, it’s just a trickle effect that hopefully will keep going on.”

The other recent DI signees to come out of George County are M.J. Daniels with Ole Miss, McKinnley Jackson with Texas A&M, Dylan Lawrence with Mississippi State, Tyrese Fryfogle with Indiana, and now Mojo with MSU and Hollins with U of I.

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