Pollack wants to play

Josh Pollack's scholarship situation changed in the past week, but he is still excited to be going to Arizona. Read on for his thoughts on the greyshirt, future at Arizona, and more.

The recruitment process can often play out for months or even years in some cases.

For Highland Park (Ill.) kicker/punter Josh Pollack, his Arizona recruitment picked up and ended within a few hours.

While in Tucson for the Wildcats' special teams camp, Pollack out shined the competition and immediately caught the eye of the coaches. He was offered a scholarship the same day.

"I went down to the Arizona camp and I worked out in front of their entire special teams coaching staff," Pollack said. "They pulled me off to the side and told me that they really liked me. I went to the office with them and they offered me a scholarship."

Pollack was accompanied on the trip by his mother, but had to discuss his quick decision with his father, as well. After a phone call, the kicker knew that he was ready to commit.

"Arizona is one of the schools I would have applied to," he said. "I know people that go there already, so I just needed to discuss it with my parents and family. We decided that it was the right fit for me and I committed."

Even before the offer, Pollack had interest in Arizona. He knows several students at the school and was very intrigued by his visit around the campus before the camp.

"I think I knew I wanted to go there when I was looking around campus before the camp started," he said. "I really liked the people and how everything looked. I really liked the school and weather.

"I thought it would be cool to play in a place where it is always warm, instead of here in Chicago where tomorrow the high is supposed to be negative two degrees."

Pollack has a good shot at earning the starting job at punter in his first season, but will also compete for kickoffs and field goals, though he does not have a preference. He is just concerned with adjusting as quickly as possible.

"I just want to come in and adjust to the program as quick as I can," Pollack said. "If I'm going to be on the field, then I want to be ready for it.

"I don't want to just be another freshman who doesn't know what they're doing on the field. I want to go out and look like I've already been out there."

One different part of Pollack's college career will be that he will be walking on for the fall season, even though he originally had an immediate scholarship offer.

The Arizona coaches asked Pollack to greyshirt, but he elected to pay his own way for the first semester.

"I'm actually going to walk-on for the fall semester," Pollack said. "They asked me to greyshirt or walk-on, and it was my decision. I know I have a good shot at playing this season, so I wanted to be there."

The decision wasn't difficult for the kicker. He knows that he will have a good chance to play this season and would rather pay his own way than miss out on an opportunity to win a starting spot.

"It wasn't really a tough decision, but it was kind of a bummer, I guess," he said. "In the end, it's not the biggest deal in the world. There's a pretty good chance that I'm going to start as a freshman and I will be on scholarship starting in January."


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