Gardena Serra defensive back C.J. Pollard commits to USC

<p>Gardena Serra defensive back C.J. Pollard commits to USC.&nbsp;</p>


The parents of C.J. Pollard can breathe a sigh of relief.

Pollard, a 2016 cornerback at Gardena Serra High, made his commitment to USC public on Thursday at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore.

“It was running through my blood,” Pollard said.

Pollard’s father, Marvin, was a defensive back at USC from 1988-1991 and his mother, Pam, also graduated from the school.

Neither parent knew their son was a lock to pick the Trojans. Pollard said they never pushed him to USC.


Pollard, 6 feet 3 and 183 pounds, told USC Coach Steve Sarkisian three months ago about his decision, but wanted the opportunity to announce his commitment on television during The Opening.

Pollard is the 15th player to commit to USC’s 2016 recruiting class.

USC has six players from Serra on the roster: Quarterback Jalen Greene, cornerbacks Adoree’ Jackson and Jalen Jones, defensive lineman Rasheem Green and linebackers Olajiwon Tucker and John Houston.

Here is a look at who is committed to USC in 2016.

Player, position, high school

Matt Fink, QB, Glendora

Velus Jones, WR, Saraland (Ala.)

Josh Imatorbhebhe, WR, Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett

Melquise Stovall, RB, Lancaster Paraclete

Cary Angeline, TE, Exton (Penn.) Downington East

Frank Martin, OL, Santa Ana Mater Dei

Nathan Smith, OL, Mesa

Keanu Saleapaga, DL, La Mirada

Liam Jimmons, DL, Huntington Beach

Keyshon Camp, DL, Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson Senior

Daelin Hayes, LB, Ann Arbor (Michigan) Skyline

Mique Juarez, LB, North Torrance

Jordan Iosefa, LB, Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis School

Michael Pittman, DB/WR, Westlake Village Oaks Christian

C.J. Pollard, DB, Gardena Serra