Habakkuk Baldonado, Emmanuel Belgrave, Leslie Smith and Sam Williams and are a few so-called under-recruited players from the state of Florida that Pitt has signed in their recent recruiting classes because of their athletic ability to fit into their defensive scheme.
Another player from the Sunshine State that fits this mold is one of the latest players to receive an offer from the Pitt staff.
Class of 2020 OLB/DE Micah Pollard (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) from Bartram Trail High School in St. John’s, Florida received the news last week that his second Power 5 offer is from Pitt. Back on October 5, Pollard received his first D-1 offer from Old Dominion and since then has gotten ones from Virginia Tech and Coastal Carolina and is currently receiving interest from Nebraska.
“I was extremely excited to receive one from Pitt,” Pollard told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Pitt is a big school with a good football program, plus I’m pretty sure they have a really good business program, which is what I want to major in, so I was super excited when I got it. A few days before officially getting the offer, one of their coaches started following me on Twitter. Then as I was talking to practice, my head coach came over to me and showed me a text and told me the news about Pitt. It was great.”
Like many recruits across the country, Pollard’s recruitment was hampered and slowed down a bit because of his inability to showcase himself at various prospect camps and having coaches come to his school in person to meet and watch him work out. Despite this roadblocks, Pollard is relieved that his first offers are in and is confident more are on the way.
“In terms of getting these offers, this last month has been a big source of motivation for me and shows that I’m capable of playing big football, so I just want to continue to work and continue to get better,” said Pollard. “I’m very motivated and want to keep getting getting better. Before all of this happened, I was getting extremely nervous but my friends kept telling me to relax and that they’ll start coming soon, just keep being you and keep working.
“I was talking to a college coach recently and he told me that just from watching my film, he can see that I have a good football IQ and it’s obvious that I love the game of football and really want to play it. He said that he could tell that I’m not just playing it to play, that I really love the game, which is true.”
Pollard told PSN that it’s uncertain right now what position he’ll end up playing in college, either defensive end or outside linebacker. His biggest strength on the field is getting after and pressure the opposing quarterback.
— Pittsburgh Sports Now (@PghSportsNow) November 5, 2020
“I’m able to use my speed against bigger lineman because most times, they’ll be able to outpower me so, I use my speed to get by them.”
Pollard said that despite being from Florida, the location of his future college won’t be a factor in his decision and that he’s just looking for the best fit for him.