There’s a first time for everything and for South View offensive guard James Pollock, his first visit to East Carolina was quite the experience. During his time on campus the Pirates dominated the Tulane Green Wave securing a 34-6 victory filled with hard hits and complete with a record-breaking performance from one Pirate wide receiver.
The loyal fans and game day atmosphere in Greenville impressed Pollock.
“All I saw was purple everywhere,” said the 6-foot-4, 270-pound Pollock. “It was crazy to see that many people supporting the team and every parking lot in town had tailgaters. The fans were relentless and the visit definitely improved my interest in ECU.”
Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium stole the show for Pollock’s visit, but he did manage to see a lot of ECU while he was there. Like a typical recruiting visit Pollock got to enjoy a complimentary meal before the game, walk through the ECU Athletic Hall of Fame, check out the weight room and meet coaches.
It wasn’t a typical recruiting visit for Pollock when considering the history he witnessed. ECU wide receiver Justin Hardy became the NCAA’s all-time receptions leader during the contest against the Green Wave. It was big for Pollock to see a Pirate set such a record.
“It’s awesome to see a player (like Justin Hardy) do that at ECU,” said Pollock. “ECU makes players great and send players to the NFL. I want to be great.”
After the game Pollock had a chance to meet Justin Hardy in the locker room, which he described as an awesome experience.
Pollock had a breakout junior season on the offensive line leading to more interest from schools ECU, Purdue and Cincinnati. Whether ECU likes Pollock enough to offer still remains to be seen, but there’s a chance this offseason could be when it happens.
ECU Running Backs Coach Kirk Doll told Pollock he will be by his school in mid-December to visit with him and his teammate Shomari Wallace. Pollock mentioned he would like to make it back to ECU this summer or next fall to see more of what the school has to offer.
Duke jumped on Pollock at the start of his recruitment, but has since fallen off in communication.
Offseason conditioning has started for Pollock and his teammates. He is focused on working hard before hitting the camp and combine circuit this summer. If all goes well Pollock could turn more heads this summer and potentially land his first Division I offer.