When Brice Pollock arrived at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex with his family for his official Pitt visit, he told himself to go through the entire process. He didn’t plan to commit this weekend, but Pitt has always been on Pollock’s mind.
Pitt has actually always been No. 1 for Pollock, and when offers from schools like North Carolina, Mississippi State, Michigan State, West Virginia, Indiana, Colorado, Nebraska and Ole Miss started to roll in, that made him take a step back, but after his official visit, he knew. Pitt was it.
“I don’t get this family feeling from any other school,” Pollock told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “You know what they always say, when it feels right, make the decision. It felt right. I couldn’t leave without committing.”
Pollock was one of six commitments Pitt picked up from the June 2-4 visits, helping Pitt jump nearly 60 spots in the national recruiting rankings, and the three-star cornerback from Shiloh High School in Snellville, Georgia picked Pitt over 29 other offers — canceling official visits planned for Ole Miss, Michigan State and North Carolina.
“I’m 1,000 percent committed to Pitt,” Pollock said.
Pollock made an unofficial visit to Pitt in March, speaking highly of Pitt’s coaches and the ability to see himself potentially playing for Pitt, but the official visit allowed him to make the most of his first extended stay in Pittsburgh.
“Definitely the city feeling. My first unofficial was cool, but I was getting like a drive-through into the city, but when I came back, I got a better feeling of where the players stay, bridges,” Pollock said. “It’s just beautiful.”
And of course, with the ability to spend more time around the program, he was able to connect with the coaches he hasn’t been able to. Pollock notably spent a lot of time with defensive coordinator Randy Bates and spoke a lot with head coach Pat Narduzzi — even though the pair already communicate on a regular basis. And of course, the coaches he’s grown to really connect with.
“I feel like I need to have a good connection with my position coaches, that’s just me though, but me, coach Collins and coach Sanders talk every week and even coach Manalac,” Pollock said.
Pitt just made Pollock feel wanted. He’s felt wanted by many of the schools that have pursued him through his recruiting process, but Pitt made him feel like a true top target.
While Pollock missed the Pittsburgh Steelers’ OTAs, arriving too late to get to spend any time watching Pitt’s neighbors running through offseason drills at the shared practice facility, he said that Aaron Donald was around during the entire visit. While he didn’t get to meet Donald this time, he said that Pitt’s proximity with its NFL neighbors hasn’t really been a factor in his recruiting process. It’s been more of a bonus than anything.
Another bonus might just be being a part of Pitt’s early 2023 class. With six recruits committing this weekend, all within a roughly 18-hour span, Pitt’s class received a massive boost. With a couple more official visit weekends left this month, Pollock feels the energy around Pitt.
“It feels good,” Pollock said. “I feel like we’re building something special, and I’m just glad to be a part of it. Hail to Pitt.”