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2016 Spotlight: Pollock Gets That Home Feeling

Back earlier in the summer, Dr Phillips High School (FL)2016 linebacker 6-1 205 Jonathan Pollock committed to Mississippi State.  He made a return trip to Starkville recently to reunite with the Bulldog coaches for Big Dawg Camp.  That trip turned out to be a big deal for both Pollock and the Bulldog coaches.  Something happened that is very, very positive.
Pollock really had a good time at the camp.  He was able to not only meet and greet some of the future Bulldogs, but catch back up with his future position coach as well.
“I absolutely loved Big Dawg Camp,” said Pollock.  “I loved getting a chance to work with Coach Collins again.  He always helps me perfect certain parts of my game that I need to work on.  He was able to tweak some of my bad habits and make me a better all around player.  I also got a chance to meet some of my future teammates.”
One of the things that Pollock shined at was his cover skills.  He showed everyone in attendance that is a real strength of his game.
“It’s funny, I played corner all through middle school,” he said.  “I feel like it is something I do well.  You get used to covering Florida type speed when you play where I play in high school.  It’s something I know I can do, but I like to be a complete linebacker.  I want to be physical and be the best I can be at all aspects of my game.”
One of the things that happened at Big Dawg Camp was Pollock realizing he made a very good decision.  Now he is taking another part of the game very serious.  He has started recruiting players to help him.
“It really solidifies my decision to be a Bulldog,” he said.  “I feel like I am more and more a part of the family every time I am there.  Coach Collins bragged to some folks that he was getting the top outside linebacker in the nation for my class.
“I am big into recruiting players to help me out.  I talk to players all the time and try to get them to see Mississippi State is the best place for them.  My best friend is Eli Johnson (Lafayette County, MS 2016 OL).  We talk about playing together all the time.  We want to go to the same school and be roommates in college.  He knows that I would never try to rush him into a decision or change his mind or anything.  But he also knows that I am locked in to Mississippi State and that will not change.”

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