Hollingshead loves SMU offense
Drew Hollingshead
Drew Hollingshead
Publisher PonyStampede.com
Posted May 8, 2008


Getting the opportunity to get coached by your father in high school happens often in the state of Texas, getting to play for your dad on both the high school and college levels is very rare. Rockwall Heath's Drew Hollingshead has gotten that chance, will he follow in his dad's footsteps to SMU?

Getting the opportunity to get coached by your father in high school happens often in the state of Texas, getting to play for your dad on both the high school and college levels is very rare.

For Rockwall Heath's quarterback Drew Hollingshead played for his father, Tam Hollingshead, until this past January when the elder of the two returned to Alma mater Southern Methodist University to serve as the Director of High School Relations for the Mustang Football office.

Coach Hollingshead spent three years as the head coach at Heath High building a program and coaching his son, the chance of returning home to SMU was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

According to Drew, he loved the chance of playing for his dad, now he will possibly get a second chance to follow in his dad's footsteps.

"I love their offense at SMU," Hollingshead told PonyStampede.com Monday. "I'm getting to know their coaching staff better all the time, they are a great group. I would love to go to school there."

Playing for his father at Heath was a lifetime dream come true.

"I had to step up my game more being the coach's son," Hollingshead said. "I had to prove myself everyday that I deserved the job. It was great getting the chance to be coached by him, being around him all the time."

Hollingshead, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound signal caller, threw for over 1,400 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. The talented signal caller recently turned in a great performance at a local combine, something that has seen his stock go up.

"I had a great Nike Camp," Hollingshead said. "Interest from colleges seems to have picked up since that camp. I plan on going to several campuses this summer to different camps to give coaches a chance to see what I'm capable of."

One camp that Hollingshead is sure he will attend is the one at SMU.

"Getting the chance to be coached by June Jones is an incredible opportunity," Hollingshead said. "He is a great quarterback coach; I can't wait to learn a lot from him."

Hollingshead is definitely aware of what it would mean for him to follow in his dad's footsteps.

"Dad went to school and played at SMU," the younger Hollingshead said. "It would be an honor to play where he did. I went to their junior day and couldn't believe how many great athletes were there. They are doing a great job at recruiting."

Hollingshead gets the chance to visit the campus on a regular basis.

"It's by far the best campus I have ever seen," Hollingshead stated. "I had a fun time at their Junior Day."

Hollingshead currently has no official offers but is starting to get a lot of attention from Louisville, Northwestern, Texas Tech and Utah. Schools that are under Hollingshead's consideration for summer camps are Duke, Northwestern, Ole Miss and Missouri along with SMU.

When asked who was smarter, the younger or older Hollingshead, the younger one laughed.

"That's easy, dad is a lot smarter when it comes to football," Hollingshead explained. "I make better grades in the classroom and on the ACT."

In fact the younger Hollingshead has already scored a 23 on the ACT on his first attempt and currently has a 3.5 G.P.A.



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