Devonta Pollard Enjoys Alabama Visit

Devoted Junior Deacon Devonta Pollard (Kemper County HS, MS) prematurely departed the Alabama campus Saturday evening interrupting an enjoyable official visit to honor a 7:00 AM Easter Sunday service obligation. Arriving prior to noon on Friday, the versatile forward was accompanied to Tuscaloosa by his mother.

Alabama Head Coach Anthony Grant, his staff and other university officials met with Devonta Pollard. A priority for the Mississippi Player of the Year was to inquire about his role with the Crimson Tide. "He (Grant) sat me down and talked to me about how I would be a great fit in their style of play. He talked to me about what they teach their guys as far as the different ways to guard screens and other things," said the five-star rated extraordinary athlete. "He said I was an up and down type of player and that is the way they like to play in transition."

Academically, Pollard's goal is to major in communications with intentions of becoming a sports broadcaster. He stopped by football spring practice to converse and pose for photos with Nick Saban. The master gridiron talent evaluator jesting inquired if the 6'7", 200 pound basketball recruit, a wide receiver/cornerback, could suit up. "He came over and shook my hand. He asked me how I liked the school and if I wanted to dress out, catch a few passes and play football," Pollard said. "I told him I would but I didn't have all the proper gear." Independently venturing across state lines Saturday to rendezvous with the trio was Darryl Carter, Kemper County High School head football/assistant basketball coach.

He attended the softball game Friday evening featuring the second ranked Tide against LSU. Saturday's agenda began with breakfast at Rama Jama's followed by discussions with a nutritionist and the strength and conditioning personnel. Hosted by Levi Randolph, Pollard was impressed by the program's treatment of players and the welcome he received while touring the Capstone.

Knowledgeable basketball scouts project the gifted senior has the potential to compete at the next level in the near future. Pollard addressed the conventional wisdom. "I'm trying to play however many years it takes for me to become a lottery pick. If I can play one year and leave to be a part of the league (NBA) as a lottery pick then I will be gone in one year. If I have to stay two years to reach that level, then I will stay for two years," said the highly sought after prospect.

Official visits have been to Alabama, Missouri and Texas. Georgetown is the next recruiting excursion tentatively scheduled around April 16th. The quartet of contenders is viewed equally with respect to the academic and athletic opportunities. "All four schools have everything I am looking for," according to Pollard. The signing period begins Wednesday, April 11th. There is no rush to declare but an announcement is forthcoming. "He told me, ‘Momma let me get through with my visits and then about a week after that we will go with it," commented Mrs. Pollard.

Once established, the family matriarch plans to relocate near the campus of choice. Media coverage and proctoring of tests by academic advisors escorting the team for away games were other subjects broached during the recruiting visit. "It was a very good visit," professed Mrs. Pollard. "Coach Grant is a very intelligent young man. He knows basketball. His whole crew knows basketball. We just had a great time."

Pollard and family have ventured to Tuscaloosa frequently during the last few years but the destination was familiar long before the recruiting process. A taste for Krispy Kreme and the mall lured them to Druid City in the past. "Coach Grant has a good squad over there right now. They are young and they are going to be better," Mrs. Pollard said. A throng of Alabama supporters adamantly feel Devonta Pollard in a crimson and white uniform for the 2012-13 season would exponentially contribute to the improvement of the team led by Anthony Grant.

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