DT Pollard Dicusses Rutgers Offer

West Deptford High defensive tackle Jamil Pollard holds a pair of offers -- Rutgers and Florida -- and is also hearing from a number of other schools. He is a frequent visitor to the Scarlet Knights' campus, and he spoke to ScarletReport.com about his Rutgers offer, his relationship with the staff and more.

West Deptfort High (N.J.) defensive tackle Jamil Pollard learned Tuesday night he was receiving a verbal offer from Rutgers, but it didn't come as much of a surprise.

Pollard, who is 6-foot-4, 280 pounds, has been around the program so often, and talks to the coaching staff with so frequently, he figured one was coming.

"I've been in contact with them a lot and I've been there so many times," he said. "I like the school, and the coaches like me a lot. I thought it was a matter of time."

It is Pollard's second offer, with the first coming from Florida last week. He also is hearing a lot from Boston College and Penn State.

"I have a couple of favorites; Rutgers, and Florida is on (the list)," Pollard said. "I look at academics a lot, and Boston College is a really good academic school, too. Penn State as well."

Pollard's recruitment could take a while, and many other high-profile schools figure to get involved with Pollard.

However, he has already built a strong relationship with the Rutgers coaching staff, and has is a regular visitor to campus," Pollard said. "There's a connection between me and the coaches they have right now. They're all good people, and I like going there and seeing the coaches.

"I've had the experience of going up there a lot the last couple of years. I think I've been up there six times in the last year. I got to meet several of the players, and they're really cool."

Pollard also is hearing from some of the signed members of the Rutgers' 2011 class.

"Miles Shuler, he's fun to talk to," Pollard said. "I learn a lot about the school."

As a junior, Pollard had 58 tackles, including four sacks, and forced three fumbles. He anchored a defense that allowed 109 points in 12 games, and led the Eagles (11-1) to the South Jersey Group II title game, where if lost to Haddonfield.


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