Thursday, July 30, 2015

West Deptford's Pollard commits to Penn State

West Deptford High School's Jamil Pollard became the first player to verbally commit to Penn State since news of the sexual abuse scandal broke in early November. Pollard, a defensive tackle, announced his decision on Thursday.

West Deptford's Pollard commits to Penn State

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West Deptford High School’s Jamil Pollard became the first player to verbally commit to Penn State since news of the sexual abuse scandal broke in early November. Pollard, a defensive tackle, announced his decision Thursday night.

Rivals.com ranks Pollard a four-star recruit, while scout.com gave him three stars. Pollard, who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, chose Penn State over Boston College, according to multiple reports.

Pollard originally committed to Penn State in the spring, but the school pulled his scholarship offer over the summer for academic reasons.

“Penn State could get back in the picture, but they felt he hadn’t made the progress they were looking for,” West Deptford coach Clyde Folsom told the Inquirer in July. “They didn’t feel they could hold the scholarship."

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The addition of Pollard brings Penn State’s verbal commitments to 14, but some of those recruits have been making visits to other schools in wake of the scandal. Penn State has already lost three of its verbal commitments in defensive lineman Tommy Schutt, who committed to Ohio State, and offensive lineman Joey O’Connor and tight end J.P. Holtz.

--Jake Kaplan

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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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