Pollard gets life changing offer

Gardena (Calif.) Serra junior defensive back received some pretty big football news during the Cavaliers bye week Friday afternoon. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound four-star added to his scholarship offer list of ASU, Utah, San Jose State and Wisconsin.

Serra junior safety C.J. Pollard is what most would call a USC legacy. C.J. is the son of Marvin Pollard, a former Trojan cornerback from 1988-91. His mother is also a Trojan alum.

Coached by his father at Serra High School, a program that has seen a steady stream of Trojans recruiting gems this past decade, Pollard received news that he too has the opportunity to keep the family name written in cardinal and gold.

“I was very surprised,” said Pollard. “My coach said that USC had offered me, and when I got on the phone with Tee Martin, he put me on with Coach (Steve) Sarkisian.

“He just said he loved my tape from this season. They evaluated me on that and loved how I fly around the field.”

Pollard, who isn’t shy about growing up a big Trojan fan, used two words to describe his reaction to the scholarship offer from USC.

“Life changing,” said Pollard. “That’s a prestigious university to have a chance to go to. That’s very big.

“USC is one of the best colleges in the world, so to have that opportunity is very life changing.”

While the scholarship offer from USC will have an impact on Pollard’s recruitment, the Trojans still have some recruiting to do. Pollard, who was offered a scholarship by Arizona State earlier this season, isn’t ready to make a decision on a college yet.

“I’m taking everything slow and weighing out my options,” said Pollard. “I’m looking for what’s best for me.”

The truth is, Pollard hasn’t had much exposure to colleges outside USC and UCLA. What he likes about USC now is different than what he grew up liking about the Trojans’ football program.

“I love the tradition of USC football,” said Pollard. “I love the coaching staff, the talent they recruit and atmosphere around the program. All of that plays a part in why I like USC.”

Pollard is rated by Scout as the nation’s No. 20 cornerback, but he spent most of his off season and sophomore year playing safety.

“I like safety more, but I can play cornerback to help my team,” said Pollard.

Pollard is 6-feet-1, 190-pounds and has 38 tackles this season with 21 of those being solo tackles. He has attended several USC home games already this season, including the Trojans win over Colorado 56-28.

While Posing for a photo with head coach Steve Sarkisian after the game, Pollard had no news to share in way of a commitment.

“No sir, I just love USC football,” said Pollard. “Fight On.”

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