Rutgers coach Chris Ash added three linebackers to his roster in January but that was not enough. Ash aggressively recruited linebackers for National Signing Day, where he inked two more to the program.
Ash called linebacker one of the most significant needs in the class, and athletes like Jonathan Pollock could expect multiple roles in spring practice because of depth concerns.
“They have got length [and] they can run,” Ash said on the new linebacker recruits. “They have got growth potential that may be able to help us down the road at other positions. They are going to help us on special teams right away. When you talk about having special teams players that you can go out and win with, a lot of them are going to come from the linebacking room. We just wanted to increase the number of guys that we had in that position.”
Pollock runs well as an outside linebacker. He brings plenty of coverage experience as a 7-on-7 circuit competitor in high school.
Rutgers begins spring with three new starting linebackers after Kaiwan Lewis, Steve Longa and Quentin Gause prepare for the next level.
“We all have an equal opportunity to start and I think that plays into my favor with me know me,” Pollock said. “I’m going to work hard and give everything I’ve got. … I feel like I can play any position on the field.”
In the classroom, Pollock is comfortable in his first semester with sights set on an academic career in kinesiology.
“It’s just different but I’m liking it,” Pollock said. “I’m doing well in all of my classes. In one of my English classes, they used my paper as an example, so I thought that was cool.”