“He really is a student of the game and really worked hard,” Pinecrest head coach Chris Metzger said. “He takes coaching well. He’s a pleaser – he wants to do well. On top of that, he’s a great student. He runs well and has long arms.
“He has good athleticism. On one of his highlights from his sophomore year, we’re running power-G and our running back goes for an 80-yard touchdown and [Pollard] is running with him.”
At Pinecrest, it’s mandatory that freshmen play freshmen football. If not for that rule, Pollard likely would have saw significant varsity reps – if not started.
“I think the true test of the kind of kid he is: as a freshman, he was probably our fourth best O-linemen,” Metzger said. “He just worked and worked and gained weight and ran.”
During his sophomore season, Pollard started at left guard in a triple-option offense.
“He could play outside or inside, but for us that’s his best spot because of the nature of our offense,” Metzger said.
Pollard reports scholarship offers from Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Penn State, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wake Forest.
This past June, Pollard and a group of his teammates boarded a bus and camped at UNC.
“It was fun to work along with my teammates,” Pollard said. “We were coached by pretty successful coaches, like Coach Kap [Chris Kapilovic].
“Coach Kap is a good coach, who coaches you hard. He doesn’t attack you – he attacks the action.”
Pollard returned to UNC a few weeks later to fully check out the campus. He also camped at the school the previous summer.
“It’s a good school,” Pollard said. “I like the coaching staff. We have a player, James Harrison, that went there (as a walk-on) and he has given me an inside look at things.”
Pollard has also camped at Alabama and Auburn, and visited all the schools that have offered him. Those trips have allowed some schools to emerge as favorites, but Pollard isn’t ready to release that information to the public.
“I’m going to keep it between me and my dad until the latter part of next summer,” Pollard said.
In the classroom, Pollard carries a 3.8 grade-point average… Outside of football, Pollard is a member of Pinecrest’s track-and-field team partaking in shot put and discus. He reached the regional track meet in shot put with a 44-foot-5 put… Pollard was born in South Florida. He moved to N.C. 15 years ago… He’s considering majoring in economics in college.