PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 5, 2012) – Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood announced Sunday that true freshman defensive tackle Jamil Pollard (West Deptford, N.J./West Deptford HS) has joined the Rutgers Football program. Pollard transferred to Rutgers from Penn State and will be eligible to play immediately for the Scarlet Knights.
Pollard (6-3, 280) was widely considered one of the Garden State’s top defensive line prospects in the 2012 recruiting class. Pollard amassed 83 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles in leading West Deptford to a South Jersey Group II title and an 11-1 record as a senior.
As a junior, Pollard registered 56 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and batted down three passes. During his sophomore campaign,Pollard was credited with 58 tackles and three sacks.
The last Scarlet Knight from West Deptford was former RU standout running back Kordell Young.
Pollard was a two-time All-Courier-Post first-team honoree and a two-time All-South Jersey selection by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
A four-star recruit according to Rivals.com, Pollard was ranked the No. 20 defensive tackle prospect nationally in the class of 2012 and the No. 7 prospect in New Jersey. Rated the No. 10 recruit in the state by the Star-Ledger, Pollard was a three-star prospect by Scout.com and ESPN.com.
Rutgers holds its first practice of the 2012 season Monday, August 6 at 3:15 p.m.