Pollard Back Where He Started

UCLA welcomed Marlon Pollard back to the recruiting class of 2009, as the one time Bruin verbal, who switched to Notre Dame, switched back to the Bruins over the weekend...

The earliest known verbal UCLA has ever received was from Marlon Pollard, who committed to the Bruins back in July of 2007, before he started his junior year at Valencia (Calif.).

A new school and a new coaching staff later, and Pollard decided that Notre Dame was the best place for him, and decommitted from the Bruins last summer and committed to the Irish.

Now in January of 2009, Pollard has come full circle, and recommitted to the Bruins over the weekend, and plans to sign his letter-of-intent with UCLA next month.

"It just came down to UCLA was where my heart was, I couldn't go away from there," said Pollard.

That he ended up back with UCLA came as a surprise to Pollard, who thought when he switched to Notre Dame, he'd be spending the next 4-5 years in South Bend.

"Honestly, I didn't think I was going to end up here. The reason I left was because of the coaching switch (Karl Dorrell to Rick Neuheisel). But as the recruiting process went on, I realized that was where my heart was at," said Pollard.

Pollard had made up his mind before the official visit, but it was when he was with the other recruits on Saturday evening that he finally made it public.

"I was there with all the commits and the other recruits and just felt like the time was right to say I'm going to UCLA," said Pollard.

Pollard had been in relatively consistent contact with the UCLA coaching staff during the fall, UCLA having gone to watch him play earlier this year.

"Coach (Tim) Hauck is a great guy, and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel, of course, he's awesome. My mom always told me not to pick a school for people, pick a school for the overall experience. And UCLA is where I fit in the best."

Pollard said the Notre Dame coaches, while disappointed, understood.

"They respected the decision, as long as I was doing it for me," said Pollard.

Pollard had gotten to know several of the commits prior to switching to Notre Dame, and he said they welcomed him back with open arms.

"Oh yeah, definitely, they were with me yesterday, and they were all very excited, Sheldon (Price), Morrell Presley, Richard Brehaut, they were all just welcoming me back," said Pollard.

Pollard was hosted on his visit by Antwon Moutra, and said he's eager to match up against him in practice.

But he's more eager for Signing Day, when he can once and for all, end his recruitment.

"You can say that I'm looking forward to February 4th," said Pollard.

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