By Matt Schneidman, USA TODAY High School Sports | July 9, 2015 8:23 pm ET
Four-star prospect C.J. Pollard announced his commitment to Southern California on ESPN’s telecast of The Opening Thursday night.
The Junipero Serra (Calif.) High School defensive back follows in his father Marvin’s footsteps in heading to patrol the Trojans’ secondary. Pollard also had offers from Michigan, Notre Dame and Oregon, among others, according to his 247 sports profile.
The site has him rated as the 10th-best safety in the class and No. 241 overall. He stands at 6 feet, 1 inch and weighs 180 pounds while running a 4.5-second 40-yard dash.
On the telecast, Pollard cited head coach Steve Sarkisian’s vision to bring USC back to a national title as a reason he sided with his dad’s alma mater. The Trojans now have 15 commits in its Class of 2016, with Pollard being the first defensive back to pledge to USC.