2016 OL Sean Pollard (6-6 310) of Southern Pines, NC Friday announced a commitment to Clemson. Pollard chose the Tigers over Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest. He is Clemson's third commitment for the 2016 class joining quarterback Zerrick Cooper and TE JC Chalk.
Pollard camped at Clemson last summer and made multiple trips to Clemson during the season each time bringing members of his family for a closer look. And over time he developed a strong relationship with Clemson recruiter and offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell.
"Their atmosphere helps a lot but then just the education and how family oriented they are there," Pollard said about why he chose Clemson. "I think I will fit really well (on the offensive line). I think he (Caldwell) will give me my best chance to make it to the NFL. I'm going to grind and all that stuff."
Pollard said Clemson hasn't said if he will play guard or tackle. "I have a great work ethic and attitude," he said. "I'm an old fashion type of lineman. I have good feet, I pull well and use good technique."
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Pollard knows the Tigers have lined up an excellent class for 2015 including an entirely new group of offensive linemen. He looks forward to joining that group and helping the Tigers to great things.
"With the big names recruits they are bringing in they are going to be a national championship contender in the years to come," Pollard said. "I think it's heading the right way."
And those guys on the line had better make way for Pollard because when he arrives for the 2016 season his goal will be an immediate starting job.
"I'm going to work my tail off to make it easy for the coaches to think so," he said. "I'm not going to stop until I get that starting spot and I'm still not going to stop ever. I enjoy working hard." Pollard said he plays all the positions on the line but his primary spot is left guard.
USC, Miami, Virginia and Penn State were some of his other offers.
Pollard's decision gives Clemson a split of the two major North Carolina prospects who announced over the last two days. Last night senior DB Mook Reynolds of Greensboro decided to stick to his commitment to Virginia Tech over the Tigers and Michigan.