Dr. Phillips HS (Fla.) 2016 outside linebacker Jonathan Pollock had a solid spring going into his junior year, racking up 11 offers, including SMU among other schools like East Carolina, UAB, Memphis, North Carolina and South Florida.
Pollock though is committed to Mississippi State. Did his recent SMU offer change things?
"I thought it was really cool to get an SMU offer. They were great, rich history over there in Dallas. I've been talking to them for a while now," Pollock said. "They've been on me since freshman year so that's been pretty cool and I know they want to see how I develop as a player."
Pollock talked with Scout on the eve of his spring game against Gainesville HS (Fla.), but was excited to talk more about the SMU offer from SMU's secondary coach, Derrick Odum.
"Overall, it's pretty good that they offered me. I'm going to go visit there soon (June 15)," Pollock said. "I want to see what it's like because my dad has been to Dallas and said I'd love it."
His solid relationship with the coaches is what got him to commit to MSU, but Pollock also has a good relationship with Odum.
"We're good. We talk every week. He's a great guy," Pollock said.
"One of the nicest guys that I've met through the recruiting process."
For a school that has been talking to Pollock since his freshman year, Pollock said that it was an interesting road to being offered by SMU.
"They've known me since I came out of middle school," the 5-11, 210-pound outside linebacker said. "They took me off their board once I committed to Mississippi State because right around the time I committed to Mississippi State, they were ready to offer, but for some reason I'm back on the board."
Whatever the reason, SMU is interested and in it for Pollock, who is less than two years from making his final signature on a letter of intent.
"They started recruited me now that I've gotten a little older because I'm right where they saw me being a year ago.
With SMU back in it, Pollock is more than interested.
"I think it's a great place, great football foundation, great conference they're in and I can't wait to check it out," Pollock said.
Even though Pollock is checking out other schools, the Bulldogs are all for making sure State is the place for Pollock.
"Mississippi State told me since I am young, I should be allowed to check out these places and they told me, ‘We're going to say this in the nicest way, if you don't want to be here, we don't want you here because we believe we have the nicest campus and best football facility in the country so go ahead and check out any place you want,'" Pollock said.
The reason for that trust to check out other schools is built in Pollock's relationship with the coaching staff.
"I have a great relationship with the coaches. I really liked it there when I would visit," Pollock said. "I really like the gametime atmosphere and felt like it's a place where I need to be."
Regardless of where his final signature lands, Pollock knows what the school he picks is getting as a player.
"Mean, fast and physical. That's the way I am. I like to make plays all over the field no matter where it is," Pollock said. "I like to be the most physical and meanest guy on the field."
However, he's working on the mental aspect of his game the most this spring and offseason.
"Just football smart stuff. My mental game, I need to work on recognizing formations and which will come with studying more tape on teams."
Pollock recorded 87 tackles and two forced fumbles in his sophomore season. He box squats 600-pounds, bench pressed 300-pounds and clean and jerks 265.