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 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.”
Pollard gets life changing offer
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