CoachSpeak: Scouting Jamil Pollard

Rutgers receives a big boost to its young defensive line next week when Penn State transfer Jamil Pollard arrives for camp. With the Pollard news public, spoke with West Deptford (N.J.) head coach Clyde Folsom about the talent Rutgers is getting with its newest addition.

Rutgers is getting more than another big body next week when 6-foot-4, 280-pound Jamil Pollard arrives on campus.

The 2012 product out of West Deptford (N.J.) and announced Penn State transfer brings the athleticism and work ethic to make him a perfect prospect to mold into a Division I football player, said his high school coach Clyde Folsom.

Folsom and Pollard have both informed of the transfer to Rutgers, where Pollard is slotted to arrive next week.

"Rutgers initially recruited him over two years ago," Folsom said. "They initially were one of the first that offered him. They're getting a really good football player, who's passionate about football, works hard. For a big guy, he runs very well. He's strong. He plays with a high level of enthusiasm. His work ethic in practices is second to none."

Pollard chose Rutgers for a variety of reasons, Folsom said. A passion for New Jersey football and the home-environment at Rutgers stood out when he visited over the weekend.

Pollard's visit to Rutgers came after contacting the staff and giving coach Kyle Flood a chance to inform PSU coach Bill O'Brien of mutual interest.

"It's closer to home," Folsom said. "It's comforting to him to know that he's only an hour from home. His friends and family will be able to get home more often. Other than that, I really don't see why he wanted to leave where he's at. He's always been very passionate about Rutgers to some degree."

Rutgers was one of the first schools to get involved with Pollard as a prospect, but backed away because of academic concerns his senior year.

Based on grades and senior tape, Rutgers interest slowly faded before the offseason coaching change.

"Initially, Rutgers had offered and then they had a coaching transition," Folsom said. "The uncertainty with Jamil's academic progress, Rutgers kind of got off him. Then Penn State came back and re-offered him and he committed to Penn State. Rutgers was in there early but coach [Greg] Schiano backed off him."

Pollard has since made it through the clearinghouse, Folsom said, and will arrive at Rutgers Tuesday after tying up loose ends at Penn State. Players report to the Hale Center for camp Sunday afternoon, so Pollard will miss the first two days of the training camp program.

When he arrives Tuesday, however, Folsom expects him to fit well at the 3-technique spot.

"He wouldn't be recruited if they didn't feel he was a strong candidate to play," Folsom said. "That's his natural position and he's going to be very good there."

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