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Pollock Transferring To Youngstown State
by Ryan Lance - 247sports (CBS Sports)
Monday, Jul 25, 2016 2:29 pm
Pollock Transferring To Youngstown State
Former Rutgers linebacker Jonathan Pollock has found a new home. Nine days after announcing that he was transferring from Rutgers, the 3-star linebacker has announced that he'll continue his career at Youngstown State in Ohio.

Pollock, who will be eligible immediately, will join Coach Bo Pelini in his first year at the helm.

"I can't wait to get to Youngstown State and play for Coach Pelini," said Pollock. "I want to be a part of what Coach Pelini is doing. He's a proven coach who came from a Big Ten program and I can't wait to play for him."

The former Dr. Phillips (FL) standout was a key part in the 2016 recruiting class. However, after a coaching change this past winter, Pollock didn't fit in with the new staff and their schemes.

"My focus is not on the past but what the future holds," said Pollock. "Unfortunately after the coaching change it just didn't work out for me and I had to make a decision that was best for my career. I wish the staff and my former teammates nothing but the best."

The talented linebacker chose the Penguins over San Diego State, Georgia Southern, Colgate, Southern Illinois, Montana and Northern Iowa. He said his connections in Ohio helped lead him to YSU.

"Family is huge to me and it just so happens that I have some family in Ohio," he said. "Ohio is a great football state and having the opportunity to play for Pelini and having family in the area was a natural fit."

Pollock, who was a standout for Dr. Phillips finished his high school career with 229 tackles, 7 sacks, and 29 tackles for loss.

From his Rutgers Bio:

Prior to Rutgers: Enrolled in January and participated in 2016 spring practice ... coached by Rodney Wells at Dr. Phillips ... helped the Panthers to a 9-4 record and an appearance in the regional final ... competed in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Daytona Beach, Fla. ... as a junior, collected 94 tackles, 14 tackles-for-loss, six sacks, two blocked kicks, an interception and defensive touchdown ... named 2014-15 FACA All-District ... registered 86 tackles, 17 tackles-for-loss, eight sacks and two forced fumbles during sophomore season ... named 2013 Class 8A All-State by FloridaHSFootball ... competed on the USA U-18 team, where he served as a team captain ... named the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 National Underclassmen Combine in Orlando, Fla. ... consensus three-star recruit ... No. 9 inside linebacker in Florida and rated No. 61 at his position in the country by Scout ... rated the 89th-best linebacker by ESPN ... a top-150 recruit in the Sunshine State by 247Sports.
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