FORT WORTH, Texas – Competition brings out the best in good players. It certainly did for Rockwall (Texas) Heath quarterback Drew Hollingshead. The 6-foot-3 200-pounder competed Friday in the Elite 11 Regional workout at TCU and was turned in a very strong performance among several quarterbacks with some strong offer sheets.
"I think it went pretty good," Hollingshead said. "We had a lot of good quarterbacks here and I just came in here trying to see what I had, just trying to compete, trying to play with the best. These are some really good quarterbacks out here. I'm trying to see how I compared with them and trying to get a whole lot better."
From most any perspective, Hollingshead had a strong day and more than held his own, displaying tremendous accuracy all afternoon. But how did Hollingsworth think he fared?
"I think I'm up there," he said. "I think I can rank up there pretty good. I think I have a pretty good arm. I think the number one thing in my book is leadership. I think I bring a lot of that to the table. Just getting guys to rally around us and being strong for them, that's the key to being a quarterback."
Within every good camp setting, a prospect will always come away with some points of emphasis for improvement and Hollingshead walked away with an idea of what he needed to improve on.
"I talked to a couple of guys today and they said that the drops is what I need to work on because we're just all shotgun at my school," he said. "I just need to get better on my drops."
The recruiting trail has yet to heat up in a big way for Hollingshead but things should in the near future.
"I'm getting a lot of junk letters from all over the place," he said. "Some schools like Louisville, Northwestern and Kansas State have written me handwritten letters saying they like me and they're interested in me."
As colleges begin to discover Hollingshead and his ability to throw the ball, he will be taking two major factors into consideration.
"I'd like to stay in the Big 12," he said. "I'd like to stay in a really competitive conference but overall I'd like to go to an offense that would fit my style, kind of a pro style offense and ultimately get me to be the best I can be. Playing at the highest level is really what I'm trying to do."
In the coming months, the gunslinger hopes to get to several camps and workouts and already has tentatively scheduled trips to the camps at Texas Tech, Duke, Vanderbilt and Kansas State.