Mike Rallis Gets Recruiting Interest

Mike Rallis, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound running back/linebacker from Edina (MN) High, was named to the Minnesota Vikings All-State team that was honored during halftime of the Vikings-Chicago Bears game. Rallis led the Hornets to a 10-1 mark this season, losing to eventual state champion Eden Prairie 38-7. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Rallis to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Mike Rallis rushed 97 times for 551 yards (5.7 yards per carry) for 13 rushing touchdowns. He caught 48 passes for 883 yards (18.4 yards per reception) and eight receiving scores. Rallis had four games of more than 100 yards receiving and five games in which he scored three touchdowns.

Rallis had five carries for 38 yards and 10 receptions for 184 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 71 yards and one touchdown and three receptions for 89 yards and two receiving scores in 33-26 victory over Hopkins.

He scored on 71- and 27-yard touchdown receptions and had a 5-yard rushing score in their 21-2 victory over Washburn in the third game of the season. 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 rushed 13 times for 94 yards and caught five passes for 129 yards in their 22-7 win over Stillwater and had six catches for 122 yards in a 10-7 victory over Wayzata.

He said that he is getting plenty of recruiting interest.

"I'm still hearing from a lot of schools and still getting my film out to schools out all over the country," he said. "Schools in the Big 12, schools in the Pac-10 and also in the ACC. I am deciding where I am going to take my visits in January and I'll take it from there."

Rallis said that he has not set up any visits yet.

"No official visits at this point," he said. "I went out to USC and stayed for a couple of practices. Talked to the coaches and they are recruiting me as a wide receiver/safety. I got to see the game against UCLA. I got around to camps this summer, but no visits other than that. I'm still working that out. I have not decided exactly where and when I am going to take my visits."

Rallis currently has scholarship offers from UNLV, Wyoming and North Dakota State. He said different schools are looking at him playing different positions in college.

"UNLV is looking at me as a safety/linebacker type and Wyoming is looking at me on the offensive side of the ball as kind of a slot back, running back. Kind of what I played in high school," he said.

Rallis said that he thinks his versatility helps him in terms of his recruitment.

"I think that it not only helps my recruitment, but I think that it helps when I get to the next level, I can help the team out in more than one way," he said.

Rallis previously told GoldenSports.Net that his ability to play several positions makes him more valuable.

"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."

Rallis said that he does not have a favorite school yet.

"I can't say that because I have not taken enough visits yet," he said.

He attended camps at Minnesota, Miami of Florida, Missouri, Northwestern and Wisconsin and went to the Nike camp in Stanford.

"(I'm hearing) A little bit from Minnesota, but more from other teams across the country," he said.


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