Over their last two recruiting classes, Pitt has been able to sign three four-star defensive backs in cornerback Khalil Anderson (Atlanta), cornerback Rashad Battle (Fairburn, Georgia) and safety Jahvante Royal (Fort Lauderdale, Florida).
The Pitt coaches are trying to make it three years in a row as they’re working hard to develop a solid relationships with one of the top cornerbacks in the Class of 2022.
Despite recruiting him for the past couple of months, Pitt just officially extended an offer to four-star cornerback Myles Pollard (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) from Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee. This latest offer for Pollard adds to the other offers he’s received from schools like Alabama, Florida State, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State and Virginia Tech.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Pollard on Saturday morning to get his thoughts on Pitt and found out he’s a big fan of the Panthers neighbors on the South Side.
“Two months ago, I started talking to one of Pitt’s recruiting coordinators and he told me that I’m his favorite defensive back in this class,” Pollard tells Pittsburgh Sports Now. “We’ve been able to build a good relationship over the last couple of months. Then, Coach Collins called me and we talked. He told me that he likes me and plans on building a relationship with me like I have with their recruiting coordinator.
“I’ve been able to learn a lot about the Pitt program over the last couple of months. I’m also a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and I know how Pitt shares their facilities and stadium with the Steelers. Back when Troy Polamalu played, I really liked him when I was a kid and I’ve just stuck with the Steelers ever since.”
Now that the Class of 2022 is up and in the spotlight, Pollard realizes that while this next year will be fun, it will also be difficult because of all the great opportunities that he’s already been presented with and the offers that are certain to come in the future months. Making a decision won’t be easy but he’s started to work on a game plan for making his eventual decision.
“I’m really excited and hopefully we can get out to campuses soon,” said Pollard. “I already have a lot of choices so this will be a real hard decision but I’m real excited for these next few months to see where I’ll end up. Right now, I’m looking at me and the coaches and how we communicate and our relationship. That’s going to be really big for me. If a coach that’s offered me is only texting me, they’re not going to be a school that I like.”
“I already have a few schools in mind that are keeping in touch with me almost everyday and Pitt is one of them. I’ve been talking with them now for over two months. Coach Collins told me that now that the offer is there from Pitt that they’re not going to stop. That’s what I like to hear.”
National recruiting services already have Pollard ranked as one of the Top 20 junior cornerbacks in the country and from his description of himself, he sounds like a natural fit for the way Archie Collins and Pat Narduzzi coach their defensive backs.
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“I’m tall, long and physical,” said Pollard. “Coaches tell me that they really like my physicality. They say that a lot of corners now days only like to cover and don’t like to hit. I love to hit and am a good, tall cover corner.”
“I have eight schools that I’d really like to visit, including Pitt, so yeah, I have some schools in mind once we’re able to get out.”