High Marks for Pollock's Rutgers Visit

The big-game environment at Rutgers Saturday for the Penn State game included multiple visitors from outside the tri-state area. One of the best was 2016 three-star linebacker Jonathan Pollock of Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips High. Pollock addressed his visit and whether he could return soon after leaving campus.

It was the first time in Piscataway for 2016 three-star linebacker Jonathan Pollock, who has been a long-time Rutgers target. Pollock made the trip north from Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips High to get one of the best seats in the house for a sold out game against Penn State.

Pollock flew to New Jersey for the experience, and was happy he decided to do so.

“I got to see the whole campus,” he said. “I got to see the stadium environment on game day and the day after. I got to finally meet [defensive line coach Jim] Panagos after talking to him for so long. I got to talk to coach [Kyle] Flood in his office. I had a great time.”

Pollock has no plans for a decision but would like to make one around the time his junior season concludes.

No visits are set for Pollock after Rutgers, but he said he could return for the Michigan game in coming up in October.

“We talked about it while I was there,” Pollock said. “I don’t know yet.”

Meeting Panagos, who recruits Pollock’s area, was one of the highlights for the 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker.

“He exceeds [my expectations],” Pollock said. “He’s a great guy in general. He’s a passionate guy and he told me about how much they want to get me there [at Rutgers].”

Pollock keyed on the defense, which held Penn State to a season-low 10 points and rattled star sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg.

“They competed the whole game and they played lights out,” Pollock said. “I was very, very impressed. They were killing it.”

Pollock spent time with many of the Rutgers verbal commits, including offensive lineman Ted Field, the lone 2016 commitment in the class.

“They’re very nice people,” he said. “I had a good time meeting them. You can see how confident they are and they’re a family. They want to build a national championship-winning class.”

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