Pollard Includes Virginia Tech Among Top Eight

Norell Pollard recently picked up a Virginia Tech offer. (Photo courtesy of @rell_honcho)

Norell Pollard
Defensive Tackle, Class of 2019
Wekiva High School, Apopka, FL
6-1, 260

When narrowing his focus, Wekiva (Fla.) 2019 three-star defensive lineman Norell Pollard has considered a number of factors. Warm weather is all he knows, but the cold isn’t a huge deterrent.

“I haven’t been in any real deal snow,” Pollard said. “I don’t care about the weather, though. If it’s cold, I’ll get used to it.”

Pollard, Rivals.com’s No. 47 strongside defensive end and No. 84 player in Florida, now has 23 offers. But on Tuesday, he narrowed that list down to eight: Virginia Tech, Central Florida, Rutgers, Duke, West Virginia, Indiana, Louisville and NC State. Pollard has more visits coming, and that should slice that list even further.

“All schools have a good education,” Pollard said. “People tell me, that have been there, everyone has nice a campus, facilities and loyal fans. What it comes down to is if I fit in the program and if I have a vibe with my position coach.”

Virginia Tech just offered Monday. Still, Pollard had a good enough feeling about the Hokies to add them, largely because of his relationship with the staff.

“Me and Coach (Charley) Wiles have been communicating for some time,” he said. “He said he likes me and he sees me at their program making a difference. I like hearing that.”

Wiles has been recruiting Pollard for a few months, and an offer was in many ways, a formality.

“I think he wanted to see me in person,” Pollard said. “(Tuesday), I said I was going to put out my top eight. And later, they gave me an offer. They watched my film and they said I’ve got it. Plus, Virginia Tech is a very good school and also a good defense. They develop great defensive players.”

Indiana was one of the first on the list to offer Pollard, earlier this spring. While he has yet to see the Hoosiers, he said he likes what he’s heard.

“Indiana, I have nothing but love, for the coaches, the fan and all of them,” Pollard said. “I’m a priority there. I’m real cool with everyone at IU. I had to throw them in the talk. It’s Big Ten. All the schools are big, so it’s not like I won’t play big.”

NC State offered just before national signing day in February. During that time, Pollard said he likes what he seen.

“NC State, that’s a big-time school, a big program,” he said. “They just put all four of their defensive linemen in the draft. They develop D-linemen. Me and Coach (Kevin) Patrick, Coach (Des) Kitchings, are cool. I feel like it’s a great school where I can shine.”

Less than a week before the Hokies’ offer, Louisville offered Pollard. The conversations he’s had with the staff have stayed with him.

“With Louisville, me and Coach (Ryan) Beard, we’ve been communicating since January and they recently