Jamil Pollard and the Penn State Nittany Lions have had an on-again, off-again relationship over the past couple of recruiting seasons. It's officially off now, however, as the incoming freshman defensive lineman has decided to commit to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
Pollard originally committed to Penn State as a junior, but the university pulled his scholarship offer after his grades failed to meet their standards. He was able to get his grades up, however, and signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Nittany Lions next season this past February.
The recent sanctions against Penn State caused Pollard to change his mind, though, as his high school coach told the New Jersey Star-Ledger that his standout lineman is now headed to Rutgers.
"He's going to go to Rutgers," said Pollard's high school coach at West Deptford, Clyde Folsom. "He's leaving Penn State and going to Rutgers."
"We spoke last week when the penalties became public at Penn State," said Folsom. "He wasn't sure what he wanted to do, he wasn't in the right state of mind at the time to really make a decision. But over a 48-hour period there were six or seven Division I schools that were interested in bringing him in on scholarship."
Pollard isn't the first Penn State player to leave and likely won't be the last as the Nittany Lions continue to deal with the fallout of the school's recent scandal.
For more on Penn State's ongoing transfer situation, check out this Storystream. For more on Nittany Lions football, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire, and SB Nation Pittsburgh.