Mike Rallis to meet with Gopher Coaches

Mike Rallis, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound running back/linebacker from Edina (MN) High, will visit with the Minnesota Gopher football coaches Tuesday as a potential preferred walk-on candidate. 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 his father 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 contests 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 would-be touchdown 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.

Rallis was named to the Minnesota Vikings All-State team that was honored during halftime of the Vikings-Chicago Bears game.

Despite scholarship offers from UNLV, Wyoming, North Dakota State and Air Force, Rallis elected to not sign during the first day of the national signing day.

His father, Stu, said that Mike is hoping to show that he can play at a higher level.

"He was offered a preferred walk-on status with USC and Miami of Florida. USC is an outstanding program and Miami is a school that he has always liked. He attended camp there and Michael Barrow, their linebacker coach, really liked him."

Stu said that the two teams are looking at him at playing several positions in college.

"USC is looking at him as a strong safety or slot receiver. Miami is looking at him as a safety who could grow into the weakside linebacker spot. He will play wherever they want him," Stu said.

He said that Minnesota is also a possibility as a preferred walk-on.

"When the Gophers saw that he did not sign last Wednesday, Coach (Mike) Dunbar and Everette Withers called the next day and wanted him to walk-on," Stu said. "They feel that he can get a scholarship right away. Coach (Tim) Brewster and Dunbar called last night. Coach Withers has always liked him. He pulled him aside at their camp this past summer."

Stu said that despite some solid scholarship offers, his son was looking for an opportunity at a higher level.

"He liked Wyoming. The coaches are a good bunch of guys, but it is pretty isolated. Mike knows that he can play in a major conference."

Stu said that his son fell a bit behind in the recruiting process.

"He was hurt during his junior year and exploded in his senior season. However, teams got commitments. It's a number thing."

Stu said that he and his son are going to visit Minnesota tommorrow.

"We are going there tomorrow morning to see what they have to say," he said.

Stu said that his son is hoping to make a decision soon.

"USC is going to be expecting him to make a decision soon," Stu said. "They have other players that they are looking at."

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