Pollard shocked by Oregon offer

Gardena (Calif.) Serra safety C.J. Pollard discusses his latest offer from Oregon, where they stand with him and his future plans.

One of the top safeties in the nation, C.J. Pollard, picked up an offer from Oregon on Wednesday. The four-star product out of Junipero Serra in Gardena (Calif.), spoke with eDuck about the offer after receiving it from secondary coach John Neal.

“I was shocked,” Pollard said. “I was honored. It was a blessing. That’s one of the best programs in the Pac-12 and in the nation.”

Pollard had seen defensive coordinator Don Pellum around the program a lot recently as the Ducks recruited teammates John Houston and Rasheem Green from the 2015 class. While it took some time to get noticed, the wait was worth it for the 6-foot-1, 190-pound prospect, and the Ducks appear to be in prime position early.

“Definitely at the top,” he said of Oregon’s placement. “At the very top of my recruitment. Very top. They’re high up there on the list.”

A main reason Pollard likes Oregon is their ability to win.

“They win a lot,” he said. “Basically they have a great, great fit for the defense that they run. They run a 3-4 scheme and the coach likes a lot of versatility in his DBs to play everywhere all over the field.”

Pollard is set to visit Arizona State later this week when he takes part in a track meet there, and has plans to see Utah, Michigan and Cal Berkley. Now with an Oregon offer, he’s added them to the list and expressed a desire to take both an unofficial and official visit.

“I want to make it down there a couple times, see how it’s like,” he said. “They’ve got the greatest facilities I heard…and all the people they put in the NFL is just great.”

Serra has a reputation of churning out a fair amount of USC prospects, including the aforementioned Green and Houston While Oregon hasn’t struck out there completely in the past (they added Glen Ihenacho two years ago) it has been a tough going trying to overcome the pull of staying home for several of those athletes. Further complicating matters is the fact that Pollard’s father played at USC from 1988-91. However, he insists that everything is wide open at this point.

“We have to check it all out you know what I mean,” Pollard said. “You can’t really just close your mind on one team. You’ve got to be able to open up and look at everything and give everybody a fair odd.”

Alabama is another program that Pollard is hoping to get an offer from, and from the sounds of it it’ll go a long way.

“It would be tremendous,” he said. “It would definitely turn my nose up. I’d have to keep my eyes very open and try and get down there as quick as I can for a visit and meet the staff and go from that. But I’d definitely, definitely consider that as a top school.”

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