Bowling Green QB Scooter Hollis verbally commits to Columbia University

Bowling Green senior quarterback Scooter Hollis breaks away for a long touchdown run against Greenwood in second round of the 2011 Class 5A playoffs at El Donaldson Stadium. Hollis verbally committed Tuesday to Columbia University in New York. Joe Imel/Daily News

Bowling Green senior quarterback Scooter Hollis breaks away for a long touchdown run against Greenwood in second round of the 2011 Class 5A playoffs at El Donaldson Stadium. Hollis verbally committed Tuesday to Columbia University in New York. Joe Imel/Daily News

Bowling Green senior quarterback Scooter Hollis made his college decision Tuesday, verbally committing to Columbia University in New York.

Hollis visited Columbia over the summer, but made a second trip last week to make sure it was the place for him.

After an in-school visit Tuesday from Columbia’s head coach Pete Mangurian and an assistant, Hollis was ready to give his pledge, he said.

“Last week was just kind of a finalizing trip before I made a decision,” Hollis said. “I saw a lot of the city, met with the players and coaches. They all seemed excited to get me up there.

“I had a blast, and when they came today, I was ready to make it unofficially official.”

Hollis will officially sign on National Signing Day on Feb. 1 alongside BGHS senior offensive lineman Joe Manley, who will ink with the University of Louisville.

Hollis completed 125 of 189 passes for 2,331 yards and 28 touchdowns with three interceptions for the Purples in 2011. He also rushed for 834 yards and 13 scores, leading Bowling Green to a 15-0 record and a 55-3 win in the Class 5A state championship over Anderson County.

Columbia, which finished 1-9 last season, competes in the Ivy League at the Football Championship Subdivision level. The Lions’ offense is run by offensive coordinator Ben McDaniels, the brother of former Denver Broncos head coach and current New England Patriots assistant Josh McDaniels.

“They recruited me to hopefully come in and run the offense,” Hollis said. “They run a pro-style offense, particularly the Patriots’ offense. They’ve got guys that have been in the professional system, and an offensive coordinator whose brother works with the Patriots right now. We’re going to run a similar offense.”

Hollis said he also received interest from Harvard and Georgetown University.

Ivy League schools don’t offer athletic scholarships, but Hollis, who also plays basketball and baseball for BGHS, will receive a financial aid package because of his academics that will nearly equate to a full ride.

Hollis has a 4.0 grade point average and a 30 ACT score.

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