Devonta Pollard: Previewing the 5-Star Recruit's College Announcement

Kit DobynsContributor IIIMay 31, 2012

Devonta Pollard, a 5-star recruit from Mississippi, will make his college announcement Friday evening.
Devonta Pollard, a 5-star recruit from Mississippi, will make his college announcement Friday evening.

Devonta Pollard College Announcement Details:

When: Friday, June 1st, 5:00pm CT

Where: Porterville High School (Kemper County, Mississippi)

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Background

Few recruits can hold the attention of coaches beyond signing day. Attention has not been a problem for Devonta Pollard, a 6'7", 190 pound forward out of Porterville High School in Mississippi. As a Rivals 5-star recruit, he is rated as the 22nd best player in the country. Similarly, ESPN considers Pollard to be the highest ranked recruit out Mississippi in the Class of 2012 and the seventh best small forward in the nation. The McDonald's All-American recently wrapped up a phenomenal senior season in which he averaged 23.8 points per game and 15.7 rebounds per game.

Currently, Alabama, Georgetown, Missouri, and Texas are jockeying for his services. Fortunately for fans, Pollard will name his announcement this Friday.

Prediction: Alabama

Following Devonta Pollard's final official visit (which was to Georgetown), many had assumed that Pollard would settle down in Washington, D.C. That was until Robert Kirby, who recruited the Porterville High star to G-Town, resigned his position on John Thompson III's staff to join LSU. Similarly, most experts count Missouri out due to the fact that the Tigers have exhausted their available scholarships by accepting transfers. Though Texas has a proven history of developing forwards (see Kevin Durant), Anthony Grant and Alabama offer Pollard an opportunity to star at a rising program close to his home state of Mississippi. 

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