It is early in the official visit process for senior forward Josh Dollard, from Prince Avenue Prep in Pickens (SC), but already there is a clear and established leader in the clubhouse for the 6-7, 222-pounder, who averaged 22 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks last season.
Dollard went on his first official visit last weekend to Auburn, with his next trip being to Virginia Tech this coming weekend, followed by an October 23rd trek to Knoxville TN and the campus of the University of Tennessee.
“I took my first visit last weekend to Auburn and it went real good. They introduced me to all of the coaches, the strength coach, the administrative people and I got to hang out with the players,” Dollard told TechSideline.com. “Right now Auburn leads. I really like Coach (Jeff) Lebo and they have impressed me by always calling to check up on me, and I like the players and campus.”
Dollard, who is capable of playing either forward position, declares that his intention is to sign in the fall. Aside from the Tigers, Hokies and Vols, Dollard also is still considering UAB and Florida.
Virginia Tech has their opportunity this weekend with Dollard, and he heads to Blacksburg with an open mind.
“I like the ACC and Virginia Tech is like Auburn in that they are in a rebuilding process,” Dollard said. “I think that I can come in and help their team quickly.”
Dollard has already entertained Auburn, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and UAB on home visits this fall, and while he professes no conference favorite, it is clear that Dollard understands the opportunity that playing in the ACC could provide.
“A lot of people say that the ACC is the best conference in the country. I don’t have any favorite conference and I just want the best place for me,” said Dollard. “Playing in the ACC would give me great exposure at that level, and it would help me become a better player.”
One thing most of the schools recruiting him seem to be in agreement on, according to Dollard, is how he might best be utilized once he arrives next fall.
“I think that everyone that is recruiting me sees me as a three (small forward) at the next level, and that’s what I like best,” offered Dollard. “I can run the floor real well, I have a mid range pull-up game and I can shoot the three.”
That confidence notwithstanding, Dollard has several distinct areas that he will focus on this season to enhance his overall package.
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