Pollard reviews invitation to USC

Although Serra four-star safety C.J. Pollard has a storied history with USC, the 2016 recruit took in the Trojans' elite junior day event with an even keel.

Serra junior safety C.J. Pollard didn’t see himself committing at the USC Elite Junior Invitational Saturday, but having been to campus several times, he didn’t rule it out either.

“The big thing for me was getting my family down there,” said Pollard. “I’ve been down there with my teammates, but I wanted my family to see what USC had to offer as well.

“My parents, my grandmother and my auntie all made it, so that was good. We got to tour the academic facilities and see parts of the school I’ve never been to.

“I got to see how the school and football program fit me. The coaches talked a lot about the opportunities USC provided outside of football. It was a good visit, but I didn’t commit.”

Another big objective for Pollard coming into Saturday’s event was figuring out exactly what his role would be as a Trojan in 2016 - to see how great the connections are at USC.”

“The coaches have been sort neutral on where I would play,” said Pollard. “I know they want me as a defensive back, but they never said safety or corner.

“After going through position meetings and talking with Coach (Keith) Heyward, he really sees me being able to play all over the field.”

Since being offered a scholarship by USC last fall, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound four-star junior has stayed in constant contact with the Trojan coaching staff via social media. He finished the year with 57 tackles as a safety for Serra.

“When they first offered me, I couldn’t believe it. I grew up rooting for USC, my dad played there and my mom went there, so I just felt blessed. I think a lot of people assumed I would commit right away, but I need to wait.

“Since then, I’ve been in contact with all of the coaches, but mostly Coach Tee Martin and Coach Heyward. Coach Heyward will send me inspirational quotes over Twitter and I’ll send him things too. We’ve developed a real good relationship.”

Compound that fact with Pollard’s father Marvin played at USC and C.J. is a part of the Trojan Family motto by default.

And then there is USC’s pipeline to Serra High School. With senior Cavaliers John Houston and Rasheem Green potentially signing with USC this week in addition to three Serra alums the Trojans currently have on the team, it’s a pipeline of past, present and future players.

“That’s a factor,” said Pollard. “Everybody’s situation is different, but I get a lot of positive feedback from the players who went there and the players like Adoree (Jackson) who are going there now.”

But Pollard wants to continue to explore his options.

“I know I want to take an official visit to USC, but I want to visit other schools to still,” said Pollard. “I want to get the whole experience of the recruiting process and take all of my visits.

“I still want to see Utah and Arizona State are definitely official visit worthy. I’d like to go see Boise State too, but I’m thinking that would be an unofficial.”

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