August 1, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Defensive tackle Jamil Pollard became the first member of Penn State's 2012 recruiting class to transfer Tuesday night following NCAA sanctions handed down last week.
Pollard's high school coach, Clyde Folsom, told Wes Szafran of the News of Cumberlund County that Pollard is heading to Rutgers.
"From the very beginning of it, he said, ‘The only school I’ll leave for is Rutgers.’ They were able to offer him (a scholarship) and he accepted," Folsom told Szafran.
The sanctions allow any player to transfer from Penn State without penalty, so Pollard will be able to play for the Scarlet Knights right away.
A Westville, N.J. native, Pollard was a member of the class that signed in February. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound prospect was rated four stars by Rivals. Wide receiver Eugene Lewis was the only other member of Penn State's 2012 class rated four stars or higher. During his initial recruitment, Pollard had scholarship offers from Iowa, Florida and Alabama in addition to Rutgers.
Pollard was not listed on Penn State's initial depth chart for the upcoming season when it was released in early June.