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2012 Penn State signee headed to Rutgers

Kyle Flood AP

Upon the announcement of epic NCAA sanctions against its football program, one Penn State athletic official told CFT that the Nittany Lions were “bracing for a dozen or more departures” of current/incoming players in the coming days and weeks.

In the nine days since that announcement, running back Silas Redd (USC), quarterback Rob Bolden (LSU), linebacker Khairi Fortt (Cal) and defensive back Tim Buckley (North Carolina State) have already officially left the program, while tight end Kevin Haplea (Florida State) is all but officially gone.  Now, an incoming player has reportedly decided to ply his football wares elsewhere as well.

The high school coach of 2012 PSU signee Jamil Pollard confirmed to Tuesday night that his former player is “leaving Penn State and going to Rutgers.” subsequently confirmed the move, writing that “Pollard first contacted Rutgers about the opportunity to transfer, and Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood alerted Penn State coach Bill O’Brien about the contact before the sides met.”

The defensive tackle would become the first member of O’Brien’s first recruiting class at Penn State to leave the program.

Pollard, who is currently in State College finishing up summer school, was offered scholarships in the past week by “six or seven Division 1 schools,” West Deptford (NJ) High School head coach Clyde Folsom added.

A four-star member of PSU’s 2012 class, Pollard was rated as the No. 20 tackle in the country by

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31 Responses to “2012 Penn State signee headed to Rutgers”
  1. lbijake says: Aug 1, 2012 11:48 PM

    Classy move by Flood to call before there was any meeting.

  2. raysfan1 says: Aug 1, 2012 11:51 PM

    Can’t blame him. Staying at PSU means an entire collegiate football career with zero bowl chances.

  3. dkhhuey says: Aug 2, 2012 12:11 AM

    Starting to leave quickly now – wonder when it will stop

  4. mungman69 says: Aug 2, 2012 1:57 AM

    These guys want to play in a bowl game. How many more?

  5. tommy57 says: Aug 2, 2012 4:13 AM


    Do you think it’s just the opportunity to play in a bowl game or is it bigger than that?

  6. tommy57 says: Aug 2, 2012 4:22 AM

    @CFT Site Administrators

    Please consider adapting the CFT site to the configuration similar to HBT and PBT where users can select individual replies to individual posts, thus allowing me to engage in fruitful debate with those who require enlightenment and also allowing those who have become weary of my persistent degrading of the NCAA to simply skip my posts.

  7. polegojim says: Aug 2, 2012 8:54 AM

    The entire damaged package is the issue:

    No Bowl games
    No B1G Championship
    No National Championship
    Quality players transfering and/or not coming.
    Perhaps some desiring to avoid association with the scandal and dark-cloud effect.

    PSU football program is now plagued with inferior opportunities at every level.

    They want to maximize their opportunities and experience without the asterisks and limits that come with PSU.

  8. geo1113 says: Aug 2, 2012 10:11 AM

    Not too full of yourself, are you, tommy!

  9. 700levelvet says: Aug 2, 2012 11:19 AM

    West Deptford players never amount to much anyway……Look at Scirrotto…….For years they were Paulsboro’s bitch, typical PSU recruiting less than a tank of gas away, and getting what they invested in….

  10. surferone says: Aug 2, 2012 11:22 AM

    They should all leave that corrupt school and program. It should have gotten the death penalty and with all the players leaving, I hope that is the effective outcome. I couldn’t be happier that Redd decided go to a real academic instition that is also a real football school.

  11. iloveflorio says: Aug 2, 2012 11:24 AM

    6-7 offers in 1 week on psu campus?!?! I’m just glad we r removing the football 1st culture!! Thx mark Emmert, ur a saint! This is a joke. Might as well pay these players now, cuz this circus has PROVEN NCAA is a professional sports organization.

  12. blastfurnaceknows says: Aug 2, 2012 11:24 AM

    Also geo1113, tommy is a PSU backer and has no interest in “fruitful debate.” He just wants everyone to believe as he does and when the evidence contradicts his view, he just runs away and hides. Take a look at the last post on PSU transfers, to see what I mean.

    tommy, we do not “require” your “enlightment,” we only ask you go away. And I don’t even care if you go away mad.

  13. geo1113 says: Aug 2, 2012 11:34 AM

    @blastfurnaceknows, I know. And what he and others like him don’t realize is that it solidifies the view that too many Penn Staters just don’t get it.

  14. iloveflorio says: Aug 2, 2012 11:39 AM

    He must be transferring because of the bowl ban. He’s very excited about Rutgers playing in the Hooters holiday bowl every November 13 or if they really lucky they might be able to squeeze into that Continental tire bowl on November 25 , yep that is every young man’s dream

  15. raysfan1 says: Aug 2, 2012 12:42 PM

    Tommy makes one good point though–the site would be better if configured like HBT and PBT so we could respond directly to each other.

    Also, tommy57 is indeed opinionated and a PSU backer but that’s not a crime. Also, unlike some other PSU backers and PSU haters, he’s not a troll.

  16. tommy57 says: Aug 2, 2012 12:58 PM

    @geo1113 and blastfurnaceknows,

    I’m genuinely taken aback by your comments. Clearly (I thought) the note about ‘enlightenment’ was an attempt at some light-hearted humor. Sometimes, to me, the total vitriolic nature of some of the posts only serves to hinder meaningful discussions, in which I tried to engage. I don’t believe I ever maligned anyone’s school and readily admit my target was the NCAA organization.

    No, I don’t run away and hide when people disagree with me; honestly, debate was my favorite activity in college. Honest debate is an incredibly useful tool to ‘trim off the fat’arrive at the true essence of the issue.

    I’ve been disappointed at some on this site who continually use ‘they’ in reference to all of PSU when assigning guilt, or those who believe all of PSU should now cower under a rock until society deems it acceptable for them to emerge.

    Nonetheless, for the majority of posts, I’ve been heartened at the understanding of the circumstances of PSU and for their sympathy and support.

    So, sorry, but I’m not going away. Just ignore me if you don’t find my posts useful or interesting.

    As, blastfurnace, as you refer to my last post, in which I respond to someone suggesting that the PSU departures were ‘bowl game’ related, I mention that I think that, perhaps the reasons for the departure are ‘bigger than than’ meaning the tarnished reputation of PSU and, as some seem to relish, the desire to completey disassociate from the school and the circumstances. So, I’m not sure why that was a bad thing to post.

  17. tommy57 says: Aug 2, 2012 1:01 PM


    Thank you. I’m just misunderstood.

  18. blastfurnaceknows says: Aug 2, 2012 1:37 PM

    First, tommy, “the last post on PSU transfers” does not = “your last post on PSU transfers.” But, no, you do not have an ego problem [sarcasm intended]. The last post on PSU transfers refers to CFT’s post on Bolden and Fortt leaving and your failure to respond in any way to the comments thereafter I and others made to your complaints about NCAA sanctions against PSU. Please read them and respond in that comment section. I’d be VERY interested in seeing what you’d have to say. Please debate away.

    And, no, you are not misunderstood. We understand you just fine. You are a PSU apologist who believes PSU should be perceived as the victim in this case. Good luck with that. I don’t think you’ll find many who will agree with that sentiment under the circumstances (which in case you’ve forgotten already, involved the PSU leadership’s complicity in the rape of children by one of their own, which Sandusky most certainly was – one of their own). Again, I invite you to please read my comments to the Bolden/Fortt story and engage in a “fruitful debate” about them.

  19. tommy57 says: Aug 2, 2012 2:28 PM


    OK – sorry, I thought you referred to my last post on this article. I’ll return to the Bolden/Fortt article and reply.

    However, please be forewarned that I’ve been somewhat disappointed in your missives, in that I felt they lacked substance and contained far too many generalities. For example, I’ve seen submissions from you and others that label anyone who continues to support PSU and its recovery as an ‘apologist, as you do above. That’s just not true – I abhor the circumstances at PSU and I hope that those involved are crushed like the insects they are.

    But to write, as you do, that I believe PSU should be seen as a victim is also not true. Do I believe the NCAA sanctions are dubious and impact the wrong people, yes I do, but with regard to the child molestation circumstances, PSU is not the victim, the children are. Everyone knows this but for unknown reasons, some who sense anyone looking to begin a PSU recovery somehow believe the kids have been forgotten, which isn’t true either.

    I think any reasonable individual would understand the need for PSU supporters to balance the full recognition and acceptance of the criminal conduct of senior PSU officials, to include Joe Paterno. with the need to begin the renewal process for the university; to me, those who don’t may have their own agenda. Is it the PSU supporters who ‘don’t get it’ or are there those who, for whatever reasons, just don’t want to see PSU recover? Based on your previous submissions, I place you in the latter.

  20. geo1113 says: Aug 2, 2012 2:43 PM


    “Genuinely taken aback”…let’s not be melodramatic.

    As for your posts, I read them and shake my head. You really don’t get it. You criticize the NCAA, but you fail to understand that Penn State and the supporters of the football team themselves up to allow this terrible scandal happen. Joe Paterno was so entrenched that when asked to resign he acted like the miserable, old bastard he was (Ray Didinger wrote about this 30 years ago based on actual observations of those around Paterno and for which he received death threats) and told the president of the university that he would decide when it is time. He knew he would win that battle in the minds of Penn Staters. He knew he was above everything there. Even Bear Bryant knew when it was time to retire.

    Getting back to the NCAA, the sad part is that they had to get involved in the first place. Penn State should have taken action itself. My opinion was that they should have self-imposed a 4-year suspension of the football program as well as removing all association with Paterno (yes, rename the library). That would have given everyone a chance to distance themselves from the stench of this terrible scandal and in my mind, it would have done much to restore their reputation. Penn State would have been in a much stronger position in the future. It truly would have been a new day in Happy Valley. But, based on your posts, I doubt you have the ability to grasp that notion.

  21. geo1113 says: Aug 2, 2012 2:48 PM

    Oops. Sentence should have read – You criticize the NCAA, but you fail to understand that Penn State and the supporters of the football team SET themselves up to allow this terrible scandal happen.

  22. tommy57 says: Aug 2, 2012 3:37 PM


    OK – I guess we’ll just need to agree to disagree here.

    Most of the independent reporting I’ve read and watched agree that the PSU sanctions will change nothing outisde of PSU and that the money associated with ‘big time college football’ has the potential to create similar or worse situations at other ‘big time’ universities (although I can’t imagine what could be worse).

    If you believe that similar conditions (albeit with different circumstances) don’t exist at other universities, to me, you’re a bit naive.

  23. pitt4059 says: Aug 2, 2012 4:33 PM

    Wow. None of the players listed as leaving in the different CFT posings are either of the two I have heard of. Makes me think PSU will lose more than a dozen players. I am changing my projection to 15-18 players this year and all but maybe 1-2 recruits for next year. Penn State’s goose is cooked!

  24. stairwayto7 says: Aug 2, 2012 5:05 PM

    What BCS game will Rutgers go to in the next 4 years? How many times will Rutgers be on National tv? See ya loser…

  25. geo1113 says: Aug 2, 2012 5:36 PM


    In the independent reports I have seen, they have mentioned that this will have an effect on athletic department because schools realize that it could have been them. The money is still going to be there and will definitely be a factor, but you won’t see the tail wagging the dog like it did at Penn State.

    You mentioned similar circumstances existing at other universities. Please name one where the head coach was there for 40 years and had as much power as Paterno. What? Frank Beamer who has been at VA Tech for 25 years. I don’t think so. Bob Stoops. Mack Brown. Nick Saban. No way. None of them will ever rule the school like Paterno did. Look how quickly Phil Fullmer was cast aside. About the closest thing I can think of in these days to Paterno is Coach K at Duke. And had this happened at Duke, many Penn Staters would be on these board saying Coach has to go and Duke should get the death penalty.

    Yes, we can agree to disagree, but you failed to dig any deeper into my reasoning and you were the one who said he wanted to debate. All I know is this thing is going to be a cloud over Penn State for a long time. Ask anyone who was aroung in 1970 what is the firsth thing they think when they hear Kent State. When a kid looks for a job, first thing the independent employer will think when he sees Penn State is this mess. When recruiting professor, all things being equal, is a man or woman going to pick PSU or Wisconsin (just to pick a similarly rated school). The answer should be obvious even to you. Again, we can agree to disagree, but the little things do matter. And you don’t have to believe me, but my thinking when I can to my conclusion was what is going to be best for Penn State in the long run, but unlike you, I am independent of Penn State. You have biases that I simply do not have.

  26. tommy57 says: Aug 3, 2012 3:05 AM

    Given your most recent posting, we probably do not disagree on very much; in fact, I agree with most of your missive, but not all. In a previous posting, you wrote that “…, but you (meaning me) fail to understand that Penn State and the supporters of the football team themselves up to allow this terrible scandal happen.” To me, correctly or not, this type of carpet bombing incitement of all PSU student, players, supporters is just not fair and, perhaps, shows a bias on your part against PSU.
    Was Joe Paterno a highly revered figure at PSU – yes, absolutely, but not only at PSU. In fact, the NCAA was considering creating a commission on examining the influence of money on big-time college athletics and was considering asking Paterno to head this commission if and when he eventually retired. To be fair, Coach Paterno performed many good deeds and did much to benefit the local State College community and college athletics in general; however, the mistake he made with the Sandusky issue is simply unforgivable and now, for most of us, me included, all the good deeds pale in relation to the nightmare those kids endured, and continue to endure.
    But is it possible that support for the football program allowed Paterno to ‘wag the dog’ as you suggest? I’m not sure. Coach Paterno probably had enhanced influence on university leaders, but honestly, for a long time now, the sentiment that Paterno had stayed too long was growing, even among his most staunch supporters. I think he was looking for win 409 to cement his legacy. I suspect he would have departed after last season anyway. But does any head coach of a major university football program have significant influence? I think the answer is yes. But did Paterno have excessive influence on PSU that went far beyond that of other major university coaches? I’m not convinced. From my point of view, PSU had incredibly weak leadership at key positions, and this is the true failure of PSU.
    I fully agree with your comments about the future of PSU and the incredible damage to its reputation, and one of my points was that most of the individuals who will suffer from this damage had absolutely nothing to do with the terrible events that took place. I think you point, and correct me if I’m wrong, is that we, too are guilty because we have the football program an excessive level of support, that then gave Paterno such power that he was able to influence Spanier, Curley and Schultz to cover-up Sandusky’s sins. I think this is the crux of our disagreement. I don’t see PSU support for its football program to be much different than that of other ‘big time’ schools. I guess you see it differently.

  27. blastfurnaceknows says: Aug 3, 2012 11:20 AM

    This PSU is like any other school argument really is insulting in light of what has been revealed by the Sandusky affair. It, tommy, is what you want to believe, because of your connection to it (the program, I mean). But, what geo and I are saying is that this scandal, and the school’s leadership and student body’s reaction to it, sets it criminally apart from ALL other programs. See my response to your post on the prior story for further elaboration. Whether you are “convinced” or not, really doesn’t matter, because the NCAA and public at large have already weighed in and they are shocked, appalled and were convinced that severe punishment of the culture was required.

  28. tommy57 says: Aug 3, 2012 11:52 AM


    OK – as I mentioned in the other post, I can see you’ve already made up your mind. It’s interesting that you mention the ‘riot’ of 10 November but ignore the candelight vigil of the following night, which was attended by far more PSU students. I guess that says something, doesn’t it.

  29. blastfurnaceknows says: Aug 4, 2012 11:39 AM

    A riot is a riot, tommy. Other schools have not behaved the same way when their head coach was fired, have they tommy? I guess that says something, doesn’t it tommy?

    I guess PSU Kool-Aid drinkers, such as yourself, simply can not accept the truth about certain things. After all, for months we heard from other partakers in that special blue and white brew how Paterno did all he could/should do in reporting Sandusky’s predatory behavior.

    Yes, my mind is made up. I do believe I have finally heard enough from those of you who cling to the notion that the cover-up of child rape could have happened at any one of another dozen or so schools with “cash cow” football programs. Because that, like the position repeatedly taken on Paterno by so many PSU backers, is a complete self-induced delusion. And those who are so comprehensively deluded simply can not accept reality when it comes to the subject of their delusion.

    Best wishes and good luck to those of you out there, like tommy, who are clinging to your paper lion.

  30. tommy57 says: Aug 5, 2012 2:51 AM


    “For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged; and with what measure you mete, it will be measured unto you.” Matthew 7:2

  31. truetarheelfan says: Aug 5, 2012 10:51 PM

    I’m no psu fan and I believe that sandusky is getting off light but I do think that when it’s all said and done one can’t hide their head in the sand forever…. I was a drug dealer who went to prison no one told me to hustle I chose to while in prison I got my degree got out got another associates in auto repair tech… Make great money I say that to say this my situation in no way is close to as bad as the psu situation and I don’t know what affect this will have on the victims but psu has acknowledged they were wrong accepted all penalties without one hint of a complaint I believe that they can’t hide their head in the sand forever… Will it ever get back to WE ARE PENN STATE idk but at some point u have to move on and start the healing and rebuilding process they can’t keep beating themselves up… Life goes on whether we want it to or not even with this horrible horrible situation so while I agree that the sanctions were needed and more if u want my honest opinion I also think that once punishment is levied u have to get back up learn from past transgressions get up dust urself off and get on all involved have to well in sandyskys case more like get up bend over and take that booty snatching from cell mate bubba like the man whoe he will become… (just saying) anyway I hope penn state does get back to WE ARE PENN STATE eventually… But it’s highly unlikely they will ever get back to that in my life time and I am only 30 smh

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