C.J. Pollard, a 6-foot-1, 182 pound four-star defensive back at Gardena (Calif.) Serra HIgh School, was one of just a half dozen of the several hundred attending participants to receive the prestigious invite.
“It’s just an honor to be knowing that I’m going to be able to compete with the best of the best out there and now I’m just going to keep working and preparing for the national stage,” Pollard said immediately after his selection. “I felt like I did everything in my will to go hard and left it up to God and he blessed me.”
Not only did Pollard perform a cut above in position work, he chose to participate in the testing portion and had a 99.03 Nike Rating with a 4.58 electronic 40 yard dash, 4.31 short shuttle and 33 inch vertical jump.
With more than a dozen BCS offers, the No. 267 overall ranked Pollard has already established his status as an in-demand prospect and Sunday’s performance will do nothing but increase his profile in that regard.
ASU and USC have been mentioned by Pollard in the past as leaders for his services and he didn’t push back against that narrative Sunday, acknowledging that “they’re up there” at the top of his list.
Pollard has already been on ASU’s campus once previously and has already set a date for a return trip.
“(ASU wide receivers) coach DelVaughn (Alexander) is a great coach and they have a good defense and I like [the area] of Tempe,” Pollard said. “It was great out there, I had a track meet out there last year and I will be out there March 20 for another unofficial.”
ASU will no doubt have an advocate working on its behalf as Pollard’s former high school teammate, fellow defensive back Stanley Norman, signed with the Sun Devils in February and will be a freshman at the school this fall.
“I’m just waiting right now, I haven’t put out my official visit list officially yet,” said Pollard, who cited education and school climate as determining factors in his eventual decision.