Vanderbilt eyes Orlando linebacker

Jonathan Pollock is just a junior at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla. but since he'll be an early graduate next December, he says his recruiting is in the final stages. Vanderbilt is mounting a big push for consideration into his last group.

Pollock, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound outside linebacker tells that the Commodore coaches are actively pursing him and eager to get him up for a campus tour this fall.

"Vanderbilt is a school that I've been talking a lot more with and learning more about their program," Pollock said. "Coach Frank Maile was telling me how the staff was really impressed with how fast I play, how good of a hitter I am, and how good they think I can be at the next level. They'd really like for me to make a visit for a game.

"I'd be very excited to pick up an offer from Vanderbilt. It's one of my dad's favorite schools. I had an uncle who went there. He's always loved the school and the football team. I opened up my recruiting this summer after being committed to Mississippi State for a year to see what other schools may be interested in me. I didn't want to leave some available options behind me without having checked them out first. Vanderbilt may be one of those options."

Dr. Phillips has produced some fine players in recent years like Alabama's Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix and Florida State's Kenny Shaw. Pollock emerged from his freshman season as someone likely to carry on that rich tradition and Mississippi State was fast to close in on him.

"I still consider Mississippi State as one of my top school," he explained. "They still want me as part of their family. I just loved the defense. It's crazy how it's set up with the linebackers flying all over the field like wild dogs. It makes it hard for opposing offenses to get going once that defense starts rolling."

Pollock says some of the others schools he's very interested in looking at are Indiana, UNC, SMU, and Rutgers. They have all offered and would like to give him one in-person sales pitch before he decides on a college destination.

"I'm thinking about making a decision on November 23rd, my birthday," he said. "that's not 100-percent though. I would like to have my decision made by my senior year so I can make that my sole focus.

"Some questions I'll ask myself when I go to make my decision are: Do I feel wanted by the coaches? Does the college have my major? Do I like being there? You kind of have to have a feel for a place and that's what I'm looking for."

Dr. Phillips got their season off to a fast start with a win over area-rival, Timber Creek. In the game, Pollock was everywhere with 13 tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, and five quarterback hurries.

"Strength has to be my biggest improvement since last season," Pollock said. "I feel like it's allowed me to take on the tackles and the tight ends who used to push me around. Now, with the added muscle weight, I'm the one moving them around the field."

Colleges have already identified two sophomores on Dr. Phillips, linebacker Dylan Meeks and offensive lineman Calvin Ashley as D-1 players. Meeks has an offer from Tulane while Ashley has multiple offers including Clemson, Florida, Michigan, and Ole Miss. Top Stories