All-star games are supposed to be fun first but Rutgers commit Jonathan Pollock treated his week at the Offense-Defense Bowl as a business trip.
His all-star experience served as the dress rehearsal for Rutgers, where he enrolls in two weeks for the spring semester. After 10 tackles a forced fumble and recovery, Pollock is ready to move on.
“I didn’t really think about it like [my last game],” Pollock said. “I just had a lot of fun making new friends, kids I’m going to play against the next couple of years in college and meeting new people and making connections.”
Pollock worked as a recruiter for new Rutgers coach Chris Ash during the week with three targets also in the game.
“I was fortunate to be on a team with K.J. Sails and Kelvin Harmon,” Pollock said. “That kind of lucked into my favor in practicing and meetings. It definitely worked on K.J. because he plays defense and we were in all of the same meetings together. [Michael] Dwumfour is another one, the d-lineman that’s committed to Penn State right now. It was a good week to work and I think I got a lot of positive out of it.”
During the all-star week, Pollock watched Ash finalize multiple roles for the coaching staff, including his future position coach in defensive coordinator Jay Niemann.
“He’s going to be my linebacker coach and he really excites me,” Pollock said. “He recruited one of my old teammates that played linebacker at Iowa State and is now going to NIU.”
Pollock also has a relationship with assistant defensive backs coach Aaron Henry, who comes after graduate assistant experience at Arkansas.
“I know him very well,” Pollock said. “He’s a Florida boy and when I was going through the circuit of colleges my sophomore and junior year, I went to an Arkansas camp. We clicked really well and I’m happy he found a job at Rutgers where I can spend the next with him.”null