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Pollard surprised by Big 10 offer

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CJ Pollard had been hearing nothing from Wisconsin so when a coach recently stopped by for spring practice and then offered, the 2016 defensive back was definitely taken aback.
The Gardena (Calif.) Serra 2016 prospect said he's definitely interested in learning more about the Badgers but it's still really early in his recruitment and he's just taking his time with everything at this point.
"They came up to the school and I briefly talked to coach Chad (Kauha'aha'a)," Pollard said. "He liked what he saw out there. It was just me working out, normal practice, in spring ball.
"It was a complete surprise. I hadn't had any interest from them, no letters from them so it was a real shock to get that offer. It's a good school though."
The 6-foot, 167-pound athlete who's looked especially good at safety this offseason said he doesn't know too much about Wisconsin yet - especially since the Badgers had not been showing much interest - but he'll do his research.
"I know they were in the Rose Bowl against Oregon a couple years ago but that's pretty much it," Pollard said.
So far, Wisconsin and Utah are Pollard's two offers. Oregon is sending a lot more mail and seems to be showing the most interest.
It's no secret if USC offers the Trojans will be tough to beat. His father, Marvin, played for USC and the 2016 prospect said it would bring his family a lot of joy if the Trojans offer him. Spring practice could be big.
"I talk to coach Tee Martin and coach (Keith) Heyward a lot on Twitter," Pollard said. "I think it could be close. They're going to be at the school during spring practice, coaches from USC and UCLA, pretty soon."
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