South Jersey DT High on Rutgers

Jamil Pollard

One of the top players in South Jersey in the 2012 class is West Deptford High (Westville) defensive tackle Jamil Pollard. He attended Rutgers' junior day last month, and came away with a strong feeling about the Scarlet Knights. He is yet to get an offer, but one could be coming. However, something must happen before that offer is made, and Pollard talked about it.

When Jamil Pollard attended Rutgers' junior day last month, he liked the facilities and enjoyed the company of the coaching staff, but something else that stood out the most to the defensive tackle from West Deptford High of Westville, N.J.

"I recognized how much more the coaches do for players than normal coaches," Pollard said. "They help (organize) things with their studies, they are always looking out for them. I also saw that the players are really too busy to do anything bad at Rutgers. That's good."

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Pollard made 58 tackles, had four sacks and forced three fumbles as a junior, but is yet to pick up an offer.

However, Pollard knows why that verbal hasn't come his way, and why that could change soon.

"I have to work on my grades more to get that," Pollard said. "I have to wait for my SAT score."

If the academics are in line, Pollard believes offers will come his way, especially one from Rutgers.

And one thing he learned during his visit to campus last month was how he could fit into the program.

"I got to see how they interact as a team," Pollard said. "When we were questioning the players, they were explaining how the coaching staff would go through and make sure they stay in the books, and how they have 10 hours a week of studying, and how important that stuff is."

Pollard also spent time speaking with coach Greg Schiano and other members of the Rutgers staff.

"They're message was to keep working hard," Pollard said. "We were on the couch talking and (an assistant) said he saw how hard I worked in practice and he really liked that."

Pollard, who also plays offensive tackle at West Deptford, is also being recruited by Georgia, Penn State, Boston College and Notre Dame. But he came away from his visit to Rutgers with a certain feeling.

"I wouldn't mind going to college there," he said. "It's a really good place."

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