Fullback Prospect Favors UM

Coming from one of the state's top programs, this talented linebacker/fullback is being recruited by the University of Miami as a fullback and he talks about why the Hurricanes are his current favorite.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. There might not be a more talented team anywhere in the state of Florida this year than Tampa Jefferson High School. Led by a bevy of major college prospects, Jefferson features a few kids that are being recruited by the University of Miami. One of those prospects is fullback/linebacker Josh Balloon.

At 6-feet and 205 pounds, Balloon has been playing football for almost than half his life up to this point.

"I started playing ball when I was nine," Balloon said. "I used to play running back and defensive tackle back in the day. I was kind of big, but I was real quick and nobody could block me. Then when I started playing linebacker, I started destroying people."

Balloon is an excellent athlete that also competes in basketball (shooting guard) and track (hurdles, long jump, triple jump, and 100m events). Inside the classroom, he's a full academic qualifier.

Balloon's toughness, athletic ability, passion, and academic status are the major reasons why he became heavily recruited this past spring.

"I talked to a whole lot of schools in May," he said. "I talked to Northwestern, UConn, Wisconsin, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Miami, Boston College, and FAU."

Balloon said he's already received a few scholarship offers.

"Wisconsin and Northwestern have sent [offers] in the mail and some other schools have talked about it on the phone."

While he's trying to keep his options open, Balloon said he does have an early list of six favorites.

"My favorites would be out of Miami, Florida, Auburn, Virginia Tech, Northwestern, and Boston College," he said. "My favorite is Miami."

The standout FB/LB, who may attend camps at FSU and Georgia Tech later this summer, talked about what he likes most about the Hurricanes.

"They came by the school and I talked to them on the phone," he said. "They said I was one of the top fullback prospects and they liked the way I play. I like Miami a lot. I like their playing style; I like a lot of their players. I like how their coaches carry themselves and plus it's in Miami. I'd love to get offered by Miami."

Balloon, whose God brother is Florida offensive lineman Shannon Snell, is also a second cousin to Virginia Tech defensive back Garnell Wilds.

"I'm going to try to rush for over 1,000 yards this season," he said. "I want to get around 90 tackles, and I want to make some All-American team. But what matters most is winning and getting to the state title game."

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