Edina's Mike Rallis Gets Recruiting Interest

Mike Rallis, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound running back/linebacker from Edina (MN) High, scored all three touchdowns in their 21-2 win over Washburn Friday. Rallis has scored eight touchdowns in three games, leading the Hornets to a 3-0 start. Rallis attended the Minnesota Gopher football camp this summer and GoldenSports.Net caught up with Rallis to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Mike Rallis is off to a strong start for the Hornets this season. Rallis had seven carries for 53 yards and seven receptions for 159 yards in a 27-21 season-opening win over Chippewa Falls. He finished with one rushing and one receiving touchdown.

Rallis had seven carries for 53 yards and one touchdown and two receptions for 75 yards and two receiving scores in 33-26 victory over Hopkins.

Rallis scored on 71- and 27-yard touchdown receptions and had a 5-yard rushing score. He almost had a touchdown pass to his credit, but his Edina teammate dropped a sure touchdown pass on the halfback pass. His 27-yard score showed off his good footwork as he kept both feet in on a sideline pass in the end zone.

Rallis is hearing from several Division I schools.

"I'm just getting calls right now from various schools, but right now, I'm just really trying to focus on the season and I'll take care of colleges after," Rallis said. "I have not sent my senior film out yet, so I have not produced anything from that. But, right now, I am just going to focus on the season and after the season, hopefully late November, I can look at my college situation and make a decision then."

Rallis had received a scholarship offer from Wyoming.

"That is the only one I have. I received that in early summer," he said.

Rallis had a busy summer, attending several top football camps.

"I went to a lot of camps. I went to the Gopher camp. I went down to Miami of Florida. They had a great camp down there. I did pretty well. I went to the Nike camp in Stanford and attended Missouri, Northwestern and Wisconsin camps," he said.

Rallis is a versatile player who plays both sides of the field for the Hornets and he is a team captain. Rallis admits that even he is not sure where he'll play in college.

"Mostly, defense, but it is tough to say," he said. "I think a lot of schools, the term that they use is 'athlete.' I've played so many positions, especially in the last two years, that it is really tough to project where I'll play in college.

Rallis attended the Gopher football camp and hopes to hear more from Minnesota.

"I was trying to get to one of the games that they invited me to, but football practice Saturday morning kind of interfered. I'm trying to focus on this season right now and after the season, I'll look more at colleges. I'd love to get down for a game though."

Rallis rushed, caught passes, threw a pass and even returned punts in the Hornets' win, showing off his versatility. He believes that this plays off his strengths as a player.

"I think that is one of my strengths. Whatever, the team needs me to do, I'm up to the task," he said "That also helps in college recruiting because if they need me to play strong safety, then I can play that. If they need me to play linebacker and how I can fit in their scheme. I can change positions accordingly."

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