While some fans are jumping off the bandwagon after Arkansas’ back-to-back losses, recruits continue to get onboard.
Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County three-star wide receiver Kiel Pollard became the Razorbacks’ 15th commitment for the Class of 2016 when he chose Arkansas over Boston College, California, Central Florida, Georgia Tech and Purdue, among others, Friday.
“I love everything about (Arkansas),” Pollard said. “I just fell in love with the fans and the atmosphere when I went on my official visit.”
Pollard took his official visit last week and was in Fayetteville for Arkansas’ 35-24 loss to Texas Tech. It was the Razorbacks’ second straight loss, as they also lost to Toledo 16-12 the week before.
The losses didn’t sway Pollard.
“It has an impact, but I don’t think it makes a big difference because I know they lost a lot of players (with injuries),” Pollard said. “They just need to keep rebuilding. We’ll be fine.”
When he comes to Arkansas, he’ll be reunited with his former high school teammate T.J. Smith, who is a freshman defensive tackle for the Razorbacks this year. Last season, Smith and Pollard led the Packers to a 15-0 record and Class 6A state championship.
Smith – who hung out with Pollard all weekend during his visit – gave him advice that ultimately helped him make up his mind.
“He was telling me everything Arkansas has to offer and we sat and talked,” Pollard said. “I trust him, so I made the decision.”
This season, he has caught 10 touchdowns during Colquitt County’s 5-0 start. The Packers – who are No. 6 in MaxPreps’ Xcellent 25 national poll – have a bye this week before returning to action against Lowndes.
While he holds his school’s all-time record for touchdown receptions, with 23, Pollard is being recruited as an athlete. He said the coaches have talked about him being an inside receiver and even mentioned him seeing action as a wildcat quarterback.
Regardless of his position with the Razorbacks, Pollard is coming to Fayetteville with a mindset focused on winning.
“I’m going to work my butt off,” Pollard said. “I will do whatever to help the team win.”