From one powerhouse to another, Stone Hollenbach has chosen to sign with the University of Alabama.
The Southern Columbia quarterback knew the Crimson Tide was the right fit after attending the program’s football camps — camps that have helped Alabama win five national championships in the last 10 years.
“I’ve been going to Alabama camps and games for a long time now. I’ve always felt really comfortable there — it felt like home. It’s always been kind of my dream to play football at Alabama. So, when coach (Nick) Saban came up to me this past year at football camp and told me he would like me to be a part of the program, it was pretty exciting. It’s an opportunity I had to think about, but obviously, it was something I was seriously considering.” Hollenbach said.
The 6-3, 200 pound signal-caller finished his high school career with 6,424 passing yards and completed 343 of 546 attempts to go along with 82 touchdowns and only 15 interceptions.
Hollenbach noted that his new team’s offense is similar to the one he ran with Southern Columbia.
“They have the same type of offense like we have here. Obviously, it’s a little bit more of a spread type — a little bit more shotgun oriented, but for the most part, it’s a power run just like what we do here at Southern Columbia. There’s not many differences in the offenses, I don’t believe,” he said about the comparisons between ‘Bama and Southern.
Hollenbach talked with a few members of the Crimson Tide’s coaching staff this week and they have provided positives that will make the transition to collegiate ball easier.
“Steve Sarkisian called me last night (Tuesday), and we had a good conversation for about 30 minutes. I also talked to coach Tino Sunseri. He played at Pittsburgh and one of his teammates was Henry Hynoski, so he knows what Pennsylvania football is like, especially central Pennsylvania. Obviously, with coach Gattis we had a really good relationship and then he moved on to Michigan. But I feel like coach Sarkisian is a great guy and I’m looking forward to staying in touch with him,” Hollenbach added about his new coaches.
Alabama’s quarterback situation is a compelling case, but one that will remain competitive.
The Tide saw Jalen Hurts transfer to Oklahoma this offseason and with the possibility of Tua Tagovailoa departing Alabama in 2020 to pursue an NFL career, Hollenbach’s rise through the depth chart might be sooner than later. However, the Southern QB said that did not have an impact on his decision to choose Alabama.
“Not really, I’ve been committed to Alabama for a little while now. I feel like if I come in and do everything I can do, that’s all I can do. Just go in there and work hard and compete as hard as I can. I can’t do much more than that,” Hollenbach said.
The senior Tiger wanted to be a part of title contender in the college ranks with arguably the best coach and recruiter in the game today. Hollenbach has dedicated a lot of time to watching the Crimson Tide over the years.
“The opportunity to compete for a national championship, the opportunity to play for coach Saban, it’s been my dream since I can remember. I’ve watched just about every Alabama game for the past 10 years. When the opportunity presented itself, it was one I didn’t want to let go by.”