Pollard, 'SC Turn Up!'

Pollard, 'SC Turn Up!'

2016 Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive back CJ Pollard discusses his USC connection...

Will Gardena (Calif.) Serra safety C.J. Pollard follow in the footsteps of his parents?

If he does, it will be a short trip across the city of Los Angeles to USC.

The 2016 recruit is the son of Marvin Pollard, a former Trojan cornerback from 1988-91. His mother is a Trojan graduate, too. Needless to say, the Cardinal and Gold is a childhood dream of Pollard.

"SC, it was a favorite always growing up, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, I liked SC," he said.

Perhaps he likes it even more now that the Trojans are recruiting him.

"I talk to [receivers] coach Tee Martin a lot, he loves – he's always been in love with me since he saw me my freshman year," Pollard explained.

The 6-foot-1 185-pound athlete has the ability to play both safety as well as cornerback. He says the Trojans haven't specified exactly which position they are recruiting him at.

"No, [defensive backs coach] Keith Heyward, he would know where to put me," Pollard said. "I talked to him at the spring game, he would like me anywhere in the secondary."

Pollard says USC's spring game was a great opportunity for him to see what coach Steve Sarkisian the new staff is bringing to the Coliseum.

"It was good, I love USC, SC turn ip! I liked the energy," he said. "Coach Sarkisian brings a lot out of the players.

"[Heyward] is a great guy, great coach. He knows what he's talking about - I've been in a couple film sessions with him before and he does know everything and he's a perfectionist."

The Trojans haven't offered Pollard yet, but he's confident an offer could be coming soon. As for other schools involved in his recruitment, Pollard says both Utah and Wisconsin have offered. The Utes are recruiting him at cornerback, while Wisconsin wants him at safety.

"I'll play corner or safety," said Pollard. "I'm not going to complain, wherever my team needs me."

The 2016 recruit is also hearing from Arizona State, San Jose State, and UCLA.

"I talk to coach Demetrice Martin, the DB coach at UCLA," Pollard said. "He likes me, he wants me to play corner if I go there. I talk to Coach DelVaugn from ASU, and he's been more in connection with my DB coach, but he likes me, too."

Though Pollard is excited about the possibility of USC, he says he's open to any school and any possibility.

"I still love SC but my recruitment is wide open," he said. "I'm not going to put my hand on anything yet."

He says dad and mom are open to all the possibilities, too.

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