With the UCLA Bruin class quickly finishing up for the class of 2008 they have landed a gem already for the class of 2009. The Bruins are starting off in 2009 like they did this past spring by landing an outstanding defensive back.
The player in question is Marlon Pollard (6-1, 160, 4.6) from Valencia, Calif. He received his UCLA offer roughly two months ago.
"I would like to be a (medical) doctor with sports related injuries," Pollard said. "I checked into and felt that UCLA was my best fit.
"It is also a nice fit for my family. It is local and family will be able to come and see me play."
The Bruins land a special player and person in Pollard. As a football player Pollard started both ways as a freshman on the junior varsity before being brought up to the varsity as a 14-year old.
As a sophomore he earned his team's Newcomer of the Year award while starting in every varsity game and performed on special teams.
The talented Pollard has been invited to the US Army All-American combine this winter that runs in conjunction with the US Army All-American high school all-star game.
UCLA is very pleased with their first commit for the class of 2009.
"Coach Dewayne Walker saw film of Marlon playing and he told me that he's a special talent," Rachael Pollard, Marlon's Mom said. "Coach Karl Dorrell told him he's proud to have him as part of the Bruin family."
Besides the Bruins, Pollard was already getting letters from the likes of USC, Oregon, Washington and Colorado.
The Bruins land in Pollard a talented all-around athlete who also excels in track. As a sophomore he earned all-CIF, all-area and most outstanding athlete award. He currently holds three boys school records. They are triple jump (45-feet), long jump (22-feet), and high jump (6-feet).
When you consider that he is only 15 and won't be 16 until this coming September, his accomplishments are even more impressive.
Pollard is just as impressive off the field as he's on and he comes from a great family.
When Pollard earns his doctorate, he will be fourth one in his family to earn one. His great-grandmother earned a doctorate in theology. His grandfather earned a doctorate in education and his mother will get her doctorate in organizational leadership when he graduates from high school.
Pollard is also on very spiritual ground and gets that from his father side of the family. Both of his grandparents are pastors at the Community Church of God.
Pollard committed to UCLA on an unofficial visit to the campus on July 26th.
UCLA continues their recruiting success of 2008 with their first commit for the class of 2009.