Recruit Update: Marlon Pollard

UCLA's lone commitment in the class of 2009, Marlon Pollard, had a busy week and BRO has the latest with his transition and recruitment to UCLA...

Marlon Pollard became the earliest known verbal to UCLA earlier this year, when he committed in July, weeks before beginning his junior year.

On the recruiting front, Pollard's commitment to UCLA hasn't wavered since pledging to the Bruins in the summer.

"Marlon is still committed to UCLA," said his mother Rachel. "We talked to Coach (DeWayne) Walker this week to make sure about his offer, and he said UCLA still wants Marlon. So Marlon is still very committed to UCLA."

Pollard played this past season at Valencia but this week made a big move that will have him playing his senior season in the Inland Empire.

"We bought a house in San Bernardino so Marlon will be playing his senior year at Cajon High," said Rachel. "He started school there (on Monday). Marlon was sad to leave his friends at Valencia and he liked the coaches there and liked playing there. But we're originally from the Inland Empire, we only lived in Valencia for a few years. All of our family is out there."

Pollard and his mother even checked with the UCLA coaching staff to see if the move would affect their decision to bring him in.

"We talked to Coach Walker about if us moving would affect Marlon and he said not at all," said Rachel.

Pollard started classes this week and will most likely do track for Cajon in the spring before playing for them next fall. Cajon finished runner up to Colton in the San Andreas League this past season.

During his junior year, Pollard had 56 tackles and three interceptions for the Vikings, who lost a heartbreaker to Newbury Park on a last-minute field goal in the CIF-SS Northern Division quarterfinals.

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