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USC commit cancels his recruiting trips

Although USC suffered a tough Pac-12 opening loss Saturday, there was some good news from one of the Trojans top recruits after the game.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra four-star safety C.J. Pollard said from the beginning of his recruitment tat he would take all five of his official visits despite planning to commit before the start of his senior season.

This week, Pollard canceled those plans.

“I’m not taking any more visits,” said Pollard. “I’ll take my official visit to USC later in the year and then enroll in January, so I’m solid with them.”

Pollard solidified his commitment to USC after Saturday’s loss against Stanford.

“It was rough,” said Pollard. “You know, the mood was down in the locker room afterward, but that’s to be expected. It was a home game and an unexpected 10-point loss.

“Stanford is still a good team, and I think the recruits and players realize that. They’re still a top 25 team.

“But when you get the ball run down your throat, that’s the worst feeling to have. Up front, Stanford protects what they do. And when they find a weakness, they just run at it. But as a whole, not just with the defense, things weren’t sharp for USC.

“They just have to bounce back in practice. That’s where it starts. Watching film, they’ll get better correcting the mistakes. I think a lot of it was them being caught of guard with what Stanford was capable of doing.”

USC now travels to Tempe to take on Arizona State. The Sun Devils have beaten the Trojans twice in a row and three out of the four last meetings.

“I think they may end up running a 4-3 to help contain the edges better,” said Pollard. “ASU can be electrifying with the ball in the air, so I think running a 4-3 or a 4-2-5 could be very beneficial.

“USC has talent. I think things can still work out this season for them.”

Watching Saturday’s game, Pollard is excited to see how the trojans younger players develop as the season goes on.

“I like Chris Hawkins right now,” said Pollard. “Now that he is starting, you see him making the most of his situation. He’s very vocal and helps the whole secondary.

“He’s out there helping Marvell (Tell), helping Biggie… he’s that coach on the field.”


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