SMU football has been all about 2015 recruiting during the month of June, but it gained an advantage for one Class of 2016 player on Monday when Orlando (Fla.) Phillips High linebacker Jonathan Pollock decommitted from Mississippi State. Pollock, who had been committed to the Bulldogs since June of 2013, said he wants to keep his options open.
"I wanted to open back up my recruiting," Pollock said. "I'm not saying no to Mississippi State; it's a really great program. Coach (Dan) Mullen is a fantastic coach and a really great guy."
Pollock said he will still consider Mississippi State, but he acknowledged he was slightly disappointed that he never formed a relationship with Mississippi State's linebackers coach, Geoff Collins.
"I'd call and he'd never really answer."
"You hear about the kind of linebackers he likes: tall, lengthy guys, and I'm not a tall lengthy guy," Pollock said.
Mississippi State has had very good linebacker play in the last few seasons, and has even produced some NFL draft picks, such as Jamar Chaney, Chris White, and K.J. Wright. But Pollock said he values more than just good linebacker play, and that's where SMU has an advantage.
Pollock said he enjoyed everything about his visit to SMU this past weekend, and SMU has a lot of things he likes, from academics to its surrounding areas.
"I got to meet with Mr. Knox, the dean for the business school, because that's one of the things that I was thinking of majoring in," Pollock explained. "Coach Daniels was showing my dad and I around."
Pollock admitted that he didn't think he'd like Dallas before he visited, but he changed his mind upon making the trip to SMU.
"I like the stadium and the city around it. It had its own college campus feel, the city was far enough away where it feels like a college campus, but it was close enough that there was stuff to do around the campus. Anything I've ever heard from anyone about SMU is all good things; I've never heard one bad thing about SMU yet, and when I got to experience it I enjoyed it."
Despite Pollock's enjoyment of the campus and academics, he says his favorite part about SMU has to do with football:
"(I like) the direction their team's going and how they are progressing throughout the years. They will be a big name program (soon)."
Pollock is clearly impressed with SMU, and while he said he does not know when he plans to commit again, SMU should be right in the mix. He listed SMU, Iowa State, Oklahoma, and Penn State as the four schools he is closely looking at. SMU is the only one of those four to have extended an offer to Pollock, but he said that he feels the other three will offer him in the next few months.
Pollock does not have any more visits lined up for the summer or beyond, but he says that he and his dad will likely be coming to a game in the fall.
SMU is the latest to offer Pollock, and he hasn't pick up an offer in the last few weeks, but he still has offers from Mississippi State, Memphis, North Carolina, East Carolina, South Florida, Temple, Texas State, Tulane, UAB, Akron.