B2G ELITE: Pollard an early bird

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — C.J. Pollard is an iron-man of the off season camp and passing circuit. Showing off his skills at the B2G Elite Camp this weekend, Pollard took some time to look forward to end of the camp season in July when he will make his commitment.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra safety C.J. Pollard has watched the recruiting process play out with some of the best players Southern California has seen in recent years.

Players like Marqise Lee, Adoree Jackson, John Houston and Ykili Ross to name a few. Now it’s Pollard’s turn, and the 6-foot-1, 190-pound four-star is closing in on making an announcement before his big announcement.

“Probably about a week or two prior to going to The Opening, I’m going to narrow my list from a top six to a top three,” said Pollard. “I really want to weigh out my options between now and then, but I haven’t set dates on my next three visits.

Notre Dame, Oregon and Michigan are the next three I want to see, but I’m just not sure when yet. It’s just so hard to work out the schedule. One week I’m in Baltimore, the next week I’m here, then I have passing league and school to think about.”

In fact, Pollard wants to become a midyear graduate from Serra. Enrolled in extra online courses this summer, the ultimate goal is to have the credits to enroll at his college of choice next January.

“I spoke to a few coaches from USC, Notre Dame and Michigan about the process of early enrollment and they all raves about it,” said Pollard. “They felt I should do it if I can because it’s not going to do anything but help me in the long run to get acclimated to the system.

“It will help me mentally prepare for the transition to college. Another thing is, USC talked to me about how they play Alabama to start the season in 2016. They were saying, if I were to sign there, you want to be ready for that game.

“I mean, everybody has big games in the preseason that you want to be ready for as a freshman, so I think getting out early would be a good thing.”

Pollard’s list of college choices going into July has consisted of USC, Michigan, Oregon, Notre Dame, Arizona State and Utah. While he plans on making stops in Eugene (Ore.), Ann Arbor (Mich.) and South Bend (Ind.), Pollard also plans on being back at USC.

“When I get a chance, I want to get to see a player run practice at USC,” said Pollard. “I’m going up there for the Rising Stars Camp too.

“I’m a competitor, so I want to get out there and interact with the coaches and compete. Hopefully I’ll be able to do the whole camp, but I do have stuff to do at Serra too.”

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