Pollard Goes In-Deph on Rutgers Transfer

West Deptford (N.J.) defensive tackle Jamil Pollard is set to transfer from Penn State to Rutgers after the NCAA sanctions against the Nittany Lions. Pollard, one of the top defensive linemen in the state in 2012, discussed his decision this morning with ScarletReport.com.

After the Penn State news hit, incoming freshman Jamil Pollard knew he had to look elswhere and Rutgers stood out for a few reasons.

Pollard was familiar enough with the school from his time as a recruit, but the recent changes in the staff made the Scarlet Knights an extremely appealing choice.

"I read up on the D line coach (Jim Panagos) and talk to the head coach (Kyle Flood) as well as the defensive coordinator (Robb Smith) and they are all good men," said Pollard, who checks in at 6-foot-4, 280 pounds. "The APR is high at the school. It's not too far at the home so my family can take the short travel and come see me whenever."

During the process, Pollard reached out to Rutgers first. After Flood informed PSU head coach Bill O'Brien of mutual interest, Pollard visited the Rutgers campus Saturday and his mind was made up.

Flood said yesterday at Big East media day that he would only speak to Penn State players that first contacted the staff.

After Pollard's visit, he said Rutgers felt like the best home. He knows some of the players because of his South Jersey football experience and expects to fit in well.

Pollard wraps up his work at Penn State tomorrow and plans to enroll at Rutgers Tuesday for training camp.

The bowl ban for Penn State played a role in Pollard's decision and the chance to compete for championships in his home state made Rutgers stand out.

"It will mean a lot to me to be able to do such a thing," Pollard said. "Giving back to the state that help me get everything. It will mean a lot to me to be able to do such a thing. giving back to the state that help me get everything."

Pollard projects as a defensive tackle for the Scarlet Knights, likely at the 3-technique spot.

Out of high school, he ranked in as a three-star recruit and the No. 50 player at his position.

Pollard was a top-five defensive lineman in New Jersey alongside the likes of other Rutgers freshmen Darius Hamilton and Julian Pinnix-Odrick. As a senior, he recorded 83 tackles and five sacks. He can bench press more than 400 pounds and squat more than 450 pounds.

"I would say my drive until the very end of the play, the ability to have good pursuit helps me be a good football player," Pollard said on what he brings to the table. "I would say my drive until the very end of the play, the ability to have good pursuit helps me be a good football player."


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