Now Open, Pollard Hearing From Two Schools

After re-opening his recruitment last week, West Deptford High (Westville, N.J.) two-way lineman Jamil Pollard said two schools inquired. Pollard spoke to ScarletReport.com about those two schools, whether he wants to play offensive or defensive line, and how he will handle his recruitment this time.

One of the highest-profile players in New Jersey's 2012 class is West Deptford High (Westville, N.J.) two-way lineman Jamil Pollard, and since de-committing from Penn State recently, he is about to jump back into the recruiting process.

Pollard, who said he has grown to 6-foot-5, 295 pounds, has heard from two schools since he opened his recruitment up again.

"The schools I'm hearing from are Boston College and Rutgers," Pollard said Sunday afternoon. "(Rutgers) hasn't talked to me yet. They talked to my dad and coach. They talked to me a little bit after I committed, but it's started up again."

Prior to the spring commitment to Penn State, Pollard was in line to be heavily recruited. He held verbal offers from Alabama, Florida and Rutgers. He also picked up offers from North Carolina, Boston College and Iowa.

In the winter, he made a visit to Rutgers to learn about the academic side of the program, and to meet with coach Greg Schiano and his recruiting coach, assistant Phil Galiano.

So, what is Pollard's interest in the Scarlet Knights?

"It's a little bit above average," he said. "They have good coaches there, and a good program. He's a nice guy. He's funny. Over the years, I got to know him pretty well because I've been talking to him since my freshman year of high school. (Schiano) is more straight-forward. He's not really serious, but he has his moments. He's a good coach all around."

Pollard hasn't had contact with the Scarlet Knights' staff, but Boston College was quick to make contact with him after he moved back onto the market.

"I talked to their (offensive line) coach (Sean Devine) during the week," he said. "I was talking to him before I committed as well. They have a good academic program, too. "

One of the interesting aspects of Pollard's recruitment, given his commitment and decision to re-open his process, is his experience in the recruiting process. And he plans on using it to his advantage.

"I'm aware of what I need to look for in a college, and what I need to have in a college as a player, and not just go to the (big names)," Pollard said. "I'm excited to see what happens."

Pollard committed to Penn State as a defensive tackle, but there is plenty of discussion in recruiting circles as to whether he will play defensive line or offensive line in college.

On the offensive side, he plays tackle at West Deptford, but likely would move to guard or center in college.

"Florida, when I first talked to them, and Alabama, they all asked me which side I wanted to play on," Pollard said. "I know they're going to pick my best position when I get there. I know I'm good at both, so I don't really mind playing either, but I like defensive tackle more. It's more fun. I get to hit instead of blocking everybody."

Pollard said he plans to take his time before making a decision, and will take a few official visits.


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