Dr. Phillips sophomore Jonathan Pollock committed to Mississippi State’s 2016 recruiting class during the summer break, but that doesn’t mean the recruiters are going to stop calling on the 6-foot, 205-pounder.
His first offer came from Akron last winter and things started picking up again this week when North Carolina came calling. Pollock, who also has an offer from Memphis, and his father took a college campus tour this summer and one of the stops they made was in Chapel Hill, N.C., home of the Tar Heels.
“It’s awesome,” Pollock said of the offer. “I loved being up there. It’s a great school, especially academically. … one of the top 30 academic colleges in the country and that’s something I really look for because my education is really important to me.
“It’s a beautiful campus and they treated me like part of the family when I was up there and they are the kind of people who would give you the shirt right off their backs. Just genuinely great people.”
His North Carolina recruiting contacts have been defensive coordinator Dan Disch and tight ends coach Walt Bell.
“I’m obviously committed right now to Mississippi State and really I don’t really think about it beyond that,” Pollock said. “I just go out and play and do my thing and if the offers come, then they come. I just have to focus on school and football.”
And Mississippi State coaches figured Pollock would see more recruitment from other schools.
“They said if there is another school I am interested in and I want to look at it, to go ahead,” Pollock said. “They gave me full permission to go anywhere. They said, ‘We want to say this in the nicest way possible, but if you don’t want to come here, then we don’t want you here. We believe our school is the best in the country and so we’ll let you go see any college you want.’ ”
He’ll be visiting Mississippi State for the annual Egg Bowl showdown with state rival OIe Miss on Nov. 28, and he also plans to take a trip to North Carolina when Boston College visits Oct. 26. He hopes to see former Dr. Phillips star safety Matt Milano, who is a freshman for B.C. this season. Milano is listed as second-team strong safety on the BC depth chart, but has yet to play. For the 0-3 Eagles.
Pollock, who played a big role on special teams as a freshman at Dr. Phillips last season, has gotten off to a great start to his sophomore year, as have most of the Panthers, who are sitting 3-0. Pollock is averaging 7 tackles per game, has three tackles for loss and one sack.
“My main focus really this year is to take each game one at a time and I want that state championship,” Pollock said.
Dr. Phillips has flirted with a state-title run in each of the past three seasons, losing to Miami Central in the Class 6A state title game in 2010, losing in the second round to eventual state champion Tampa Plant in 2011 and losing in the semifinals to eventual state champion Apopka last season.
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