Rivals four-star safety C.J. Pollard is a little more than a week away from his planned commitment announcement at The Opening Finals in Beaverton, but is still working to check out all of his top six schools.

Arizona State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, USC and Utah are on the short list, but the 6-foot-0, 187-pound safety, out of USC-pipeline Junipero Serra High School (Gardena, California), is still trying to squeeze in a weekend visit to check out the two Midwest programs.

Regardless of whether or not he is able to make that trip, the highly-coveted safety insists it will not necessarily eliminate the Wolverines and Fighting Irish.

Last weekend, Pollard was able to travel to Eugene for an unofficial visit with Oregon and came away impressed.

“It was nice. It was good, because when I went up there I would describe it like the college football facilities are like Vegas,” he said. “I went up there and they have everything for you. There was nothing up there that would allow an athlete to fail, as far as facilities, tutoring, the nutritionist… everything you need to succeed in life.”

While Pollard is close with current Oregon safety Glen Ihenacho, it was defensive backs coach John Neal who hosted the prep talent’s campus tour. Still, Ihenacho gave his possible future teammate a “30-minute pep talk.” 

“Basically, everything that Nacho was telling me for 30 minutes was that you want to come be a part of the first national championship season they are developing,” he said. “And that’s pretty special, to be a part of something like that.”

Despite that interest, USC is considered the favorite heading into the final days before his decision, although Oregon is lurking.

“It’s going to have to come down to me really looking at what’s best for me,” Pollard said.

— Andrew Nemec
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