Despite still having a year left in his high school football career, Cajon defensive back Marlon Pollard has been a UCLA verbal commit for almost a year. However, there are rumblings that Pollard, a 6-1, 160-pound four-star prospect according to Rivals.com and Scout.com, might be looking around.
One of those speculators is Pete Sampson of IrishIllustrated.com. In a master list of defensive prospects written yesterday, Sampson has this to say about Pollard: “Despite being a commitment to UCLA, Pollard wants to look at Notre Dame. He said he’ll visit the Irish this fall. As a rule, commits that take visits elsewhere almost always switch schools in the end.”
It’s best to take a lot of the individual school websites with a grain of salt, as they write to the fans of that school, but its definitely a story we’ll be tracking through the summer and into the fall.
Redlands East Valley pitcher Tyler Chatwood, the Angels’ first selection in last week’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, signed a contract with the Angels Friday evening. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The Chatwood family drove down to Angels Stadium Friday afternoon and signed the contract prior to the Angels’ game with the Atlanta Braves – a game where the Chatwoods were set up with front-row seats in the Diamond Club behind home plate.
“I’m really excited right now,” Chatwood said. “It’s all starting to sink in. I have some butterflies right now, but they are good butterflies.”
As of Friday afternoon, Chatwood was unsure of when he would head out to play Rookie League ball, guessing that it would be sometime next week. The Angels have Rookie League affiliates in Tempe, Ariz. and Orem, Utah.
I just got off the phone with Yucaipa junior third baseman/pitcher Matt Davidson, catching him at the airport waiting for a flight to Minnesota, where he’ll participate in a Showcase over the next few days. Davidson, who played for the national Under-17 team last summer in Venezuela, will then head to North Carolina to try out for the Under-18 team.
All in all, Davidson will be gone until June 23. Definitely could be the start of a crazy summer for one of the nation’s top rising senior players.