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Penn State pulled back on South Jersey star's recruitment

Jamil Pollard, an Inquirer first-team all-South Jersey offensive lineman from West Deptford who made an oral commitment to Penn State this past spring, will now enter his senior season as an uncommitted recruit.

Penn State pulled back on South Jersey star's recruitment

Penn State pulled the plug on Jamil Pollard´s scholarship offer last month. (Christopher Weddle/Centre Daily Times/AP file photo)
Penn State pulled the plug on Jamil Pollard's scholarship offer last month. (Christopher Weddle/Centre Daily Times/AP file photo)

Jamil Pollard, an Inquirer first-team all-South Jersey offensive lineman from West Deptford who made an oral commitment to Penn State this past spring, will now enter his senior season as an uncommitted recruit.

According to West Deptford coach Clyde Folsom, Penn State pulled the plug on his scholarship offer last month, citing that Pollard has not yet qualified academically.

“Penn State could get back in the picture, but they felt he hadn’t made the progress they were looking for,” Folsom said. “They didn’t feel they could hold the scholarship.”

Boston College, Rutgers, East Carolina and Temple are among the schools that are back in the mix, according to Folsom.

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The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Pollard was a two-way tackle who had seven sacks on defense, but has been recruited as an offensive tackle.

Folsom says there are some schools that will wait up until June before pulling a scholarship offer from Pollard. That strategy paid off for Fordham, which had been recruiting recent West Deptford graduate Vaughn Scott.

In the end of June Scott, an Inquirer first-team all-South Jersey running back, found out he had qualified academically. Fordham offered him a scholarship that Scott recently accepted.

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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