The Latest Devonta Pollard Recruiting Update

Devonta Pollard, Scout.com's 21st ranked player in the basketball class of 2012, has started the basketball season with a bang after having a very good senior football season.

Everybody that follows basketball recruiting knows that Kemper County's Devonta Pollard is one of the very best basketball players in the nation. But what most people didn't know is he's a very good football player as well, his stats prove that.

This past season he caught 37 passes for 531 yards and 7 touchdowns at the wide receiver position. Considering he is 6-foot-7 and very talented those numbers aren't surprising. What is surprising is the 3 interceptions as a cornerback, yes a 6-foot-7 cornerback.

Don't count his basketball coach as one of those surprised to see him compete so well at cornerback.

"His footwork is awesome, just awesome," said Young. "That's why he could play corner."

It also didn't surprise Devonta that he did so well at cornerback.

"I knew I could play both (wide receiver and cornerback)," said the talented youngster.

The solid stats were icing on the cake, so to speak, since Devonta had other reasons for playing football his senior season after not playing the sport as a junior.

"Playing football helped me get more strength in my legs and arms, just get me stronger and let me put a little more weight on," said Devonta.

That additional strength appears to have paid dividends on the basketball court as well because he has performed extremely well his first two games on the court, scoring 46 points, pulling down 34 rebounds, blocking 9 shots and dishing out 10 assists.

Coach Young has also seen improvement in the mental aspect of his game during the early going.

"I'm thinking he's improved this season in the knowledge of where he needs to be and where other people are supposed to be," said the coach. "And really his overall understanding of the game."

Playing football during the fall months and now basketball in the winter months, Devonta has had a very busy schedule. Partly due to that, he didn't sign during the early signing period. But he explained the main reason why he is choosing to wait until the spring to sign his National Letter of Intent.

"It's not as easy as it seems (to pick a school)," said Pollard. "It's really hard to pick a school that you want to go to, not knowing how many years you are going to be there before you get to where you want to go (the NBA). For instance, Kentucky produces pros but if you go there and then you aren't ready to be drafted in one or two years then you will have to stay there two or three more years. And if you don't like the school and have to stay more than a year, then it's not going to work out. So, I'm just trying to find a school that I will be comfortable with for four years."

According to Devonta, he has five schools that he is the most interested in.

"I'm looking at Mizzou, Mississippi State, Alabama, Georgetown and Texas,"said the youngster. "Those are the schools that are on me the hardest."

He explained what he likes about those five.

"I like those schools because all of them have coaches who will tell you what you need to hear, not what you may want to hear, so you can get to where you need to be," said Devonta. "They all have a good (basketball) program, too. Those (things) should be what you want in a school."

With high school basketball just starting, he's keying on that right now. Recruiting visits will come later.

"I haven't set up an official visits yet," said Devonta. "The coaches told me when I get ready (to take my visits) to call them and let them know."


Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.


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