April 10, 2011

Pollard sold on Nittany Lions

Penn State picked up another verbal commitment Sunday afternoon, when Westville (N.J.) West Deptford defensive tackle Jamil Pollard spoke with Nittany Lion assistant coach Ron Vanderlinden.

"I called coach Vanderlinden about 40 minutes ago," said Pollard, at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday. "Going into it, I liked Penn State a lot, but after being there, I was sold."

Pollard's commitment comes one day after he took an unofficial spring visit to Happy Valley. He left yesterday with high praise for Penn State assistant coach Larry Johnson.

"I just like the way he talks," said Pollard. "He talks like, he just knows what he's doing. Coach Scirrotto, from my school, who went to Penn State, he told me that coach Johnson was really good, but when I got there, he talked about how his players work hard no matter what.

"He said if I don't want to work, that's not the place for me. I just like how he said everything, it made me like the school more."

Pollard is the fifth verbal commitment for Penn State in the Class of 2012. During his junior season, he had 56 tackles and four sacks.

The 6-foot-5, 280 pound defensive tackle prospect also had verbal offers from Alabama, Florida, Iowa and Rutgers.

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