It wasn’t so long ago that Sean Pollard learned Penn State was interested in his football skills. Even more recently, the Southern Pines, N.C., Pines High three-star offensive lineman visited PSU and picked up an offer.
The Class of 2016 6-foot-5, 300-pound three-star prospect decided last week, just days after Penn State invited him to campus, that it was the best time for he and his family to go. He and his father loaded up the family’s car, set north for University Park. On the way home, they were able to talk about the offered he has received.
“It’s always a blessing to get an offer from a university like that,” Pollard said.
The junior first heard of Penn State when his head coach let him know to contact Nittany Lions’ cornerbacks coach Terry Smith. From there, he conversed some with offensive line coach Herb Hand.
Both Penn State assistants were present to answer any questions he had during the trip, before head coach James Franklin extended offer number nine.
“They all seemed like really good people, and ready to get Penn State back to the old Penn State,” Pollard said. “I know that they were about winning, and about Joe Paterno and his wins and all that.
“We have alumni at my school that went there — my strength coach — so he tells me a little bit about [Penn State].”
Pollard added he plans to continue to keep in contact with both Smith and Hand, and which one he calls will depend on whether he just wants to check in or ask Hand for offensive line advice.
“[Hand] seems like a really good coach,” Pollard said. “He seems like he knows what he’s doing, and just watching film and stuff, it seems like they’re going to do a lot of good stuff.
“He’s had production, and we’re starting to build a really good relationship. They said I fit the Penn State mold.”
Pollard’s team is heading into its second week of camp, and the guard said he’s hoping to help lead his line mates this fall. No unofficial visits are planned yet, the guard said, as he is just focusing on his high school team for the time being.