Chris Ash Strong in First In-Home Visit Says Rutgers Commit Jonathan Pollock

New Rutgers coach Chris Ash honored one of the programs earliest commitments with the first in-home visit in his tenure. What was the message from Ash to early enrollment linebacker Jonathan Pollock of Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips? Pollock breaks it down.

Chris Ash’s first stop on the road as a Rutgers recruiter was an important one, and he left Orlando Thursday morning with a linebacker 100 percent sold on his vision for Rutgers.

The first in-home visit in Chris Ash’s Rutgers tenure went to Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips linebacker Jonathan Pollock and it was a success.

“I’m honored that I was the first that he came to see in person,” said Pollock, who arrives Friday at Rutgers for the start of his official visit. “… I’m fired up. I can’t wait to strap on the helmet and go hit somebody. The culture is changing now. It’s a different atmosphere. The first thing he said when he walked in the door was that I love to hit and he can see that on film. For a guy who can explain how he’s going to change everything and the defense and how everything is going to change. I’m fired up to play for that guy.”

Ash spoke honestly with Pollock about the changes to expect at Rutgers. Not ready to divulge all details about his coaching staff, he gave enough to inspire confidence.

“You’ll see,” Pollock said. “We talked about it. He couldn’t even tell me everything but you’ll see. … Just from sitting down with him for two hours, I’m confident that whomever he hires is the guy to get the job done. He’s here for a reason. You look at his accolades, he wins where he goes.”

Pollock is no longer immediately destined for middle linebacker under Ash. Ash wants Pollock on the weak side, where he can learn under senior Steve Longa, before an eventual move to the middle.

“[He said], You’re going to come into a program and you’re going to work your butt off.,” Pollock said. “You’re going to be physical and disciplined and you’re going to be ready to go.

“He sees me playing WILL when I first step on but eventually stepping into a MIKE. He wants to see how I grow mentally and physically. He wants to trust a guy at middle [linebacker] to make those calls, especially in the fourth quarter in big games. He says from my character and everything he hears about me, he thinks that’s me. He just wants to see how I develop.”

Pollock received double-digit offers and dealt with dozens of recruiters during his college search. Ash, in his eyes, will do well for Rutgers.

"I think he’s a very honest guy who’s going to tell you point blank," Pollock said. "He’s not going to BS you. He’s going to tell you what he wants from you, what’s going to happen. He seems like the kind of guy who’s not going to lie to you and do what he says."


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