Pollard Enjoys Official

Back inside the walls and walking the halls of Cajon High on Tuesday, Marlon Pollard probably felt a little bit funny.

Notre Dame tends to have that effect on the four-star cornerback and Irish verbal commit.

Marlon Pollard made a quick trip for an official visit to South Bend this past weekend, and would've stayed as long as possibly allowed. Obviously responsibilities back home in San Bernardino, Calif., didn't allow Pollard and his mother to visit for as much time as they wanted.

"I just want to get out there pretty much," the 6-foot, 170-pound Pollard said. After visiting South Bend in June, he verbally committed a couple weeks after that. "I can't wait. It's hard to go back to school now."

Last Friday night, Pollard helped his team improve to 4-1 with 79 yards receiving and an interception in Cajon's 40-14 win over La Quinta. Then he tried to get some sleep before taking a red-eye flight to the Midwest. He and his mother got on campus about an hour before Notre Dame's 28-21 victory over Stanford.

"It was amazing," Pollard stated. "I can't think of any better college fan base like Notre Dame has.

"Every fan pretty much knew me and that was pretty cool. Everywhere I walked they were like hey Marlon."

It was Pollard's second time on campus and first-ever Notre Dame game. The same goes for Rachael Pollard.

"We got to drive through as the game was being prepped," she said. "We got to see all the tailgate parties. The amazing thing I thought, everyone was wearing Notre Dame stuff down to three-year olds. They had an alumni band there and it seems like the whole community shuts down for a Notre Dame game.

"I thought it was phenomenal. I got a better feel for everything. I got to see a lot of parents that support their kids. I thought it was a community affair with a fan base that was larger than life."

Pollard hung out on the field before kickoff before taking his seat in front of the student section.

"It looked like they came out strong, the defense, and the offense came out strong," Pollard said. "Stanford kept fighting and they never gave up on the game, but we were able to hold them off and get the win.

"I thought the secondary played overall pretty good. I liked their energy, they played with a lot of energy. I liked the way coach (Corwin) Brown has them playing. They played great, a lot of energy and communication."

Following the win, Pollard went into the locker room, and then ate dinner that was catered by the University. Then he played NCAA Football with fellow Irish commit Cierre Wood, whom he had previously met at a couple combines.

"It was cool," Pollard began. "We fit each other perfect, just a good guy to be around and we'll be hanging around in college a lot. We'll be buddies that's for sure."

Pollard was hosted by freshman defensive back Jamoris Slaughter.

"He just showed me around," Pollard said. "He showed me the life of a college athlete on campus. He showed me the dorms. I also hung out with (Michael) Floyd."

As the night continued, Pollard met a lot of his future Notre Dame teammates.

"I fit right in. Everyone was down to earth, good kids, good people to be around."

On Sunday, Pollard met with academic counselors, and Irish assistant coaches Brown and Brian Polian. Brown and Pollard talked about how he fits into the Notre Dame defense, and Polian, as Pollard's recruiter, was just making sure the trip was going great.

It was.

Before leaving, Pollard and his mother got to sit down with head coach Charlie Weis for about 45 minutes.

"Just that Notre Dame, that I really fit the description or profile of a Notre Dame student athlete," Pollard said of his conversation with Weis. He and his mother stayed with friends in the Chicago area on Sunday and Monday before flying back west. "I felt the same way and we were talking like that. Just telling me what kind of guys he was."

A guy that Pollard can't wait to see on a daily basis.

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