Pollack commits on spot

Arizona extended a scholarship offer to kicker Josh Pollack on Tuesday and received a commitment immediately. Read on for information on the kicker, his decision, and more.

With kicking woes like the ones that Arizona has had over the past few years, it is no surprise that Arizona would extend a scholarship to a kicker for the 2014 class.

What was a surprise, is that when the Wildcats' Head Coach Rich Rodriguez called to offer Highland Park (Ill.) kicker/punter Josh Pollack a scholarship, he committed right away.

"Today, Coach (Charlie Ragle) talked to Coach Rodriguez about me in their meetings," Pollack said. "They decided to offer me a scholarship. When Coach Rodriguez called to tell me, I accepted it on the spot."

Pollack's first reaction was pure happiness. Many thoughts ran through his head, but committing was on the top of his list as he had already been interested in being a Wildcat.

"I was really excited about it," he said. "I was going to apply at Arizona if I didn't play football in college. It's a big time football program and it has always been my dream to play college football. Playing football there just makes it better."

Pollack wasn't the only one that was surprised during the phone call. Rodriguez extended the scholarship and was shocked himself when the kicker committed.

"Coach Rodriguez was really excited when I told him I wanted to play for him," Pollack said. "He was a little surprised, too. I don't think they knew I was going to commit on the spot, but he was very excited about it."

The recruiting process for Pollack went rather quickly. He was on campus just a few days ago, participating in a camp and showing off his leg for the coaches.

"I went to camp at Arizona on June 22nd," he said. "It was a special teams camp. I know that they were looking for a combo guy who could punt and kick.

"My mom and I went down there for the camp and I did pretty well with kicking, punting and kickoffs. The coaches seemed to really like what I did."

Pollack admits that he already had interest in Arizona before hand. He has several friends already attending school in Tucson and knows that the weather will let him practice whenever he wants.

"I was already really interested in Arizona," Pollack said. "It's the Pac-12 and that's big time football. It's exciting to play at that level.

"A good amount of people from my school actually go over to Arizona for college. The environment is great there, too. It has perfect kicking weather all year round. It was the best place for me to become a better kicker and punter."

Arizona has had little luck with its kicking game in the past few years. Pollack is looking to change that by doing whatever the coaches ask of him.

"I'm ready to go in and step up my game to another level," he said. "I can kick and punt. I think, right now, they want me to start out just punting. Eventually, they want me to take over kicking as well.

"I honestly like them both. I have been doing both for a while. I'll do whatever the team needs."

Previously, several other schools had recruited the kicker, but Arizona was the first to offer a scholarship.

"I have heard from Iowa State, Miami (Oh.), Miami (Fla.), and Indiana," Pollack said. "All of those schools showed interest, but Arizona really felt welcoming. They showed me that they really wanted me as part of their team."

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