Joey Balthazor Gets Recruiting Interest

Joey Balthazor, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker from Hartland (WI) Arrowhead, attended the recent Minnesota Elite camp. Balthazor helped lead Arrowhead to a Wisconsin Division One State Championship title with a 31-7 win over Mequon Homestead. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Balthazor at the camp and recently talked to him about the latest on his recruitment.

Joey Balthazor led the Warhawks to a 14-0 mark and a state title. The game was revenge for Arrowhead, which lost to Homestead 35-0 in the 2006 title game, ending a 12-2 season.

The Minnesota Elite camp was his first camp, but Balthazor has since been to the Northwestern and Princeton camp.

"The Northwestern camp went really well," he said. "I thought that I did better than I did at Minnesota. The one-on-ones were a lot easier the second time around. Defensive coordinator (and safeties coach) Mike Hankwitz is recruiting me and he was defensive coordinator at Wisconsin."

Balthazor also attended the Princeton camp.

"The Princeton camp was a day and a half. I sent my application stuff, so I can get started early and it is easy going after that. I am taking the SAT two-subject test," he said.

Balthazor is an excellent student who is planning on majoring in Science or Engineering. He has a 3.98 GPA after getting a B+ in AP Physics.

Balthazor is also hearing from Wyoming, Air Force and Army. He had hoped to attend the Notre Dame and Northern Illinois camp, but was not able to attend. He is planning on attending either the Princeton or Wyoming camp later this month.

Balthazor does not have any offers yet, but does have an early favorite.

"I'm really impressed by Northwestern, I liked the coaches and the stadium," he said. "They are getting new weights and field turf in their practice facility. Their defensive coordinator is one of the best around."

Balthazor played football, basketball, baseball and track as a freshman and sophomore, but stuck with just football and track this past year. He broke the school record in the triple jump with 42-3, just missing to the state tournament.

Balthazor has several teammates who are getting some interest from Minnesota and attended the spring game and team camp. Jake Ferris, their star running back last year, is a preferred walk-on for the Gophers. However, Balthazor said that it is unlikely that they all end up at the same school.

"I don't know how things are going to pan out," he said. "It is pretty slim. We are looking for different things."

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