Pollard an important pickup for Alabama 

June, 1, 2012
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In a year that was very quiet for Alabama on the recruiting trail (zero players signed) the Crimson Tide finished with a bang. McDonald’s All-American small forward Devonta Pollard (DeKalb, Miss./Kemper County) -- who was the highest-rated unsigned player in the 2012 class -- decided that after a long courting process, Alabama was the best fit over Texas, Missouri and Georgetown.

This was huge news for Alabama as the versatile, 6-foot-7 wing can play multiple positions and is a great fit for coach Anthony Grant’s program. Pollard, No. 28 in the 2012 ESPN 100, is an ambidextrous athlete who can score inside and out and will provide much-needed help in filling the scoring and rebounding void left by departing senior JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell, whom the Tide parted ways with.

Although Alabama has enjoyed excellent recruiting success under Grant, who enters his fourth year in Tuscaloosa, Pollard was an important pickup for the Crimson Tide. Not only does he give Alabama an elite player who can compete with the best in the SEC, but he sends the message to other recruits that Alabama is an option for McDonald's All-Americans.
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