Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips linebacker Jonathan Pollock is one of the most vocal supporters in the Rutgers 2016 recruiting class, but actions speak louder than words.
The wait may have longer than he wanted, but Pollock signed his name to Rutgers financial aid papers Thursday in a significant step toward early enrollment.
"It's a relief," Pollock said. "I've got all this pressure right now from the playoffs, getting ready for the next game, getting back from a shoulder injury. I've got a little bit left from my online school, and then I'll be done with high school. It's a lot of stuff going on. This is one thing on my list that I was happy to get over with."
Pollock committed to Rutgers and coach Kyle Flood 13 months ago during an unofficial visit, and visited campus for three games this season.
"I'm behind coach Flood and the school and the staff 100 percent," Pollock said. "I'm ready to be a Scarlet Knight. I just can't wait to get there and contribute."
Pollock plans to enroll for the spring semester at Rutgers, which begins Jan. 19, 2016.
"It's started to [sink in] since [my family] is buying my comforter and everything for college," Pollock said. "It's setting in slowly, but it's going to be crazy when I get there. ... I'll learn the playbook. I'll get a feel for the guys around me. I'll get a feel for the coaches and just get in the system and work my butt off. Obviously I want to play my first year. We'll see if that's possible."
Pollock most recently visited for the Ohio State game. It was the first time his mother saw the campus.
"She loved it," said Pollock, who will be back in December for his official visit. "It was really important to me for her to see the campus and meet the coaches and see her response."
Running back Trey Sneed and linebacker Solomon Manning also plan on early enrollment, but have not yet signed their paperwork.